Lufthansa strikes hit Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich

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4 Sep, 2012 Updated Tue 4 Sep 2012 07:53 CEST
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Lufthansa cabin staff went on strike in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin on Tuesday. 350 flights were cancelled, affecting more than 43,000 passengers-- significantly more than the 26,000 impacted by Friday's strike, which was limited to Frankfurt.

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.

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.

DAPD/AFP/The Local/hc



2012/09/04 07:53

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