Week-long Lufthansa strike to go ahead

5 Nov 2015 by GrahamSmith

Lufthansa passengers face a week-long cabin crew strike from tomorrow after talks to avert industrial action fail.

This afternoon, the UFO union confirmed the walk-out will proceed and that it will publish details on Friday morning.

The strike will not begin before midday, it added.

Union head Nicoley Baublies told Reuters: "There is no option anymore to avert tomorrow's strike."

The dispute centres on employee retirement and pension benefits, with Lufthansa wanting to reduce costs and staff determined to protect the current set-up.

Last week, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said the airline has identified €1billion of cost savings despite raising its full-year profit forecast.

Strikes this year have so far cost Lufthansa around €130 million. Pilots, in particular, have staged a series of walk-outs (see news, September 8).

Graham Smith

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