Lufthansa braced for cabin crew strike

30 Aug 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Cabin crew members of the UFO union will begin industrial action at Lufthansa tomorrow (Friday August 31), with exact details only being released six hours before the start of the strikes.

The short notice is designed to cause maximum impact, making it more difficult for the carrier to roster non-union crew on to affected services.

Lufthansa admitted that “Details on the scope of the strikes (affected airports and expected duration) will be published by the union at very short notice only”, and said it would “do its utmost best to communicate the details on this page as soon as possible and to minimize the impacts on its customers”.

The carrier said that “wherever possible” it would use SMS and email to inform those passengers who had registered their contact details about delays, cancellations and rebookings.

Passengers due to fly on cancelled domestic flights will be given the option of exchanging their tickets for travel on Deutsche Bahn services.

UFO said it “apologised” to Lufthansa’s passengers for the industrial action but added that it had been unable to reach an agreement with Lufthansa to end the dispute which has been running for 13 months.

“It may be that this labour dispute will continue for a very long time,” warned the union.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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