More strikes ahead at Lufthansa ?

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  • AMcWhirter
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    It was thought that industrial peace had returned to Lufthansa’s mainline division.

    But reports emerging from Germany this morning suggest that the carrier’s pilots’ union may well call for further strike action.

    Bear this in mind should you be planning to fly Lufthansa in the weeks ahead.

    And note that under local law only 24 hours strike notice need be given.

    http://www.thelocal.de/20161114/lufthansa-passengers-threatened-with-new-round-of-strikes

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-lufthansa-unions-idUKKBN1390X4


    FDOS_UK
    Participant

    Turkeys, Christmas.


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    I got wind of this a few days ago, so booked everyone Swiss instead. Shame as I need a new pair of slippers and the LH ones fit me perfectly ?


    Flightlevel
    Participant

    It must be tough living in one of the world’s richest countries especially if you are only a pilot for the national legacy airline? I blame the limited flying hours they have to work!


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Bearing in mind Germany has had virtually no inflation – in fact it’s probably now negative, for the last few years, I find this action quite incomprehensible. Compared to the average skilled worker they are incredibly well paid, massive perks, unsocial hours are more than compensated for and with retirement pension available on full salary at just 55. And they want still more?

    The other side of the coin, apart from perhaps more people going to the competition if LH has to keep raising fares to compensate, and what worries me very much, are disgruntled pilots, who may have thoughts a la German Wings in mind. Let’s hope not but I’m considering abandoning LH till this is all sorted.


    AMcWhirter
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    There will be a mega-strike at the Lufthansa group this week.

    Cabin staff at budget carrier Eurowings will strike tomorrow (Tuesday) at both Hamburg and Dusseldorf.

    The strike at Lufthansa mainline will take place on Wednesday.

    According to reports, it will last all day and cover both short- and long-haul services departing from Germany.

    http://www.thelocal.de/20161121/lufthansa-pilots-call-full-scale-strike-for-wednesday

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lufthansa-unions-idUSKBN13G1Y0


    RaveAroundTheWorld
    Participant

    Strike extended to Thursday btw…..yours truly also now affected.

    🙁

    -Rave


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    As noted above, the Lufthansa pilots’ union have now extended their strike by another day.

    Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and many, many passengers inconvenienced.

    http://www.thelocal.de/20161123/lufthansa-strike-hitting-tens-of-thousands-to-continue-thursday

    Here’s a report from The Independent with more focus on the UK market.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/lufthansa-pilots-strike-flights-cancelled-a7433321.html


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Lufthansa pilots strike will now extend into Friday.

    It’s been announced this evening that the pilots strike will continue for a third day. However on Friday only short-haul flights will be affected.

    Aerotelegraph piece in German language:

    Lufthansa-Streik geht auch am Samstag weiter


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    I just read on Reuters that as Lufthansa cannot afford the 20% increase the pilots are looking for, that they may offer shares at a discount to the pilots instead. This would help compensate them and give them a direct stake in the well-being of the airline. Not a bad idea, but I can imagine if they get this all the employees will want a similar deal as well.


    MrDarwin
    Participant

    I’ve just read that the strike has now been extended to Saturday too. All fingers and toes are crossed as I’m flying international tomorrow to Frankfurt, then onto London on Saturday. I could have done with a less antsy end to the week!


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Indeed as noted by MrDarwin the Lufthansa strike will extend into Saturday. Long-haul flights will be affected.

    http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN13J0U0?utm_source=applenews

    Noch mehr Streik: Lufthansa-Piloten legen auch am Samstag ihre Arbeit nieder


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Fingers crossed for you MrDarwin.


    alainboy56
    Participant

    @luganopirate — 20% – only 20% payrise demanded – oh dear how can they demean themselves so much. What idiots!!! And travellers these few days, who are previously LH loyalists, will now perhaps ‘taste’ EK/EY/QR and BANG! Well what do you know? Those loyalists are now lost forever!
    What do they need more? They are already well paid, nay extremely well paid ‘Bus Drivers’!


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    As a result of the strike I moved my flights to Swiss. Agreed Swiss is owned by Lufthansa but still, it will cost them revenue and passengers.

    I was chatting to a member of the LH cabin crew who told me that while she and many of her colleagues do not agree with thew action taken by the pilots, there are also many who are saying if the pilots get this pay increase they will demand the same. I see this dragging on for some time and being very costly for Lufthansa.

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