Lufthansa Flight Attendant Union Announces Two-Day Strike

November 6, 2019

 

While the last strike was canceled at the last minute just two weeks ago, flight attendant union UFO announced another strike at Lufthansa (LH/DLH) on November 4. On November 1, the union stated that between 77.5% and 96.2% of the union’s members voted in favor of a strike at Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa, SunExpress Germany, Eurowings Germany, Lufthansa Cityline, and Germanwings. 

 

“After the clear results of our ballots, the successful warning strikes of October 20, and the continuing refusal of Lufthansa to negotiate our demands, we announce a two-day strike at the parent company Lufthansa today. Lufthansa’s flight attendants will be leaving their work for a total of 48 hours from Thursday, November 7 0.01am to November 8 11.59pm. Affected are all Lufthansa flights to and from Germany during this time,” Daniel Flohr, deputy UFO chairman, stated.

UFO had written a letter to the company to build a bridge in the stalled conflict. In addition, UFO sent a confidential strike announcement to Lufthansa on Friday. Both remained without a significant reaction so UFO continues to assume a deliberate escalation on the part of the employer. A few minutes before the strike call, UFO received a letter in which the company emphasizes that it will not be talking to UFO until next year.

“As with the last warning strikes, the entire group will be affected by this renewed wave of industrial action. We point out to both our colleagues and our customers that further announcements are possible at any time,” Flohr stated.

According to Lufthansa, the airline is currently working on a special timetable for Thursday and Friday to account for the strikes. It strongly condemns the strike call and is currently considering legal action to prevent the strike. The Lufthansa Group does not consider the UFO Management Board to be authorized to represent the flight attendants of the group’s airlines. 

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