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Lufthansa strikes hit Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich

The Local · 4 Sep 2012, 07:53

Published: 04 Sep 2012 07:53 GMT+02:00

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Lufthansa cancelled 217 flights at its main hub in Frankfurt and opened ten rebooking desks, but many passengers appeared to have already reorganised their travel. At Berlin Tegel the effect was more muted, with 15 flights, mostly to Frankfurt, cancelled.

A Lufthansa spokesman said a few isolated cancellations would take place on Wednesday, before flight schedules returned to normal.

Nicoley Baublies, head of UFO said on Tuesday he and the cabin crews were ready to extend the strike further should Lufthansa continue their “zero communication” tactic with the union.

The pay increase offer of 3.5 percent was not enough, he said, particularly as it had to be calculated against a 20 percent pay cut. UFO has called for a five percent pay increase and a halt to the practice of using temporary workers.

A Lufthansa spokesman said the firm was sorry passengers were caught up in the conflict and that it had no understanding for the piecemeal way in which information about the strikes was being issued.

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Frankfurt was hit by the strike on Friday, with hundreds of flights cancelled and many more delayed. UFO is hoping Tuesday’s action, spread across the country and through the day, will have an even greater effect.

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10:25 September 4, 2012 by William Thirteen
glad all my flights are AB/BA the next few weeks!
12:10 September 4, 2012 by Eastard
I guess in a Socialist society unions are encouraged however poor the payback is. In this economy I would think the workers would be glad to have a job and very very concerned about running off customers or creating discomfort in those who pay their salaries (customers)... I can see being upset but bringing it to work and showing the world is counterproductive...Looks like a good opportunity for a foreign airline with no union to step in...

Remember the air traffic controllers is USA were fired and replaced...
16:14 September 4, 2012 by Legal E
what really peeeed me orf, was was the Sc+m unio rep (sorry, I detest unions) said, "its ok, we not been on strike for a while so we have plenty or money to carry this out".. Look at Maggie, they done the same to her and she rode it out.

I just booked Lufty instead of BA.. bugger.
13:08 September 5, 2012 by dryoasis88
I landed in Frankfurt at 7:20am yesterday and was supposed to fly on the Berlin at 8:55am. I spent over 2 hours in line to be rebooked on a 2:05pm flight to Berlin, which was delayed until 3:15pm and then didn't leave until after 4pm. When I arrived in Berlin, none of my bags were here and they have only found one as of now. It was absolute chaos in Frankfurt, no one knew what to do when they arrived and we weren't informed of the strike until we were on the ground in Frankfurt, even though (thanks for FlyNet), I could see that my flight to Berlin had been cancelled 5 hours before my flight from Newark, NJ to Frankfurt landed. To top everything off, I flew with my dog in cabin (thank god! I have no idea what would have happened had he been underneath in the hold!) and that just makes delays and cancellations even harder. They were however offering the option of taking a train, but I had 3 bags which were all right below the weight limit at around 22.5 kg each and I was traveling alone (with the exception of my dog) so this wasn't really an option for me. My situation wasn't even close to the worst one though. I heard people talking about how they wouldn't get out of Frankfurt for at least 24 hours if not more since their cancelled flight was the only one to that destination that day and the next few days are all booked up!
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