Around 19,000 of Lufthansa’s flight attendants will strike
Around 19,000 of Lufthansa’s flight attendants, represented by the UFO union, have said today they will strike from Friday at short notice at selected airports. It is understood that short notice could mean three to four hours before the action starts.
A Lufthansa spokesperson in Frankfurt has told ATW that “we can’t estimate which scenarios will come up and how many flights we will be able to operate.”
The regional carriers LH CityLine and Augsburg Airways, both of which are Munich-based subsidiaries, will not be affected.
As reported, talks over wages between Lufthansa and the UFO union representing cabin crews collapsed earlier this week. The strikes could potentially cause travel misery for thousands of passengers and cost the airline, which operates around 1,800 flights a day, €25 million a day in lost revenue. However, the BBC has reported that the German giant has the financial reserves to be able to outride a serious strike for as long as it takes.
UFO is demanding a 5% wage increase for Lufthansa flight attendants, plus bonuses and a guarantee that the airline will not outsource jobs.
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[image courtesy Lufthansa]