Lufthansa flight attendants prepare to strike

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Published: August 30, 2012

Lufthansa A380. By Kurt Hofmann

Lufthansa’s (LH) flight attendants, represented by the UFO union, are set to strike from Thursday on short notice at selected airports ( ATW Daily News, Aug. 28 ).

A LH spokesperson told ATW in Frankfurt, “It could be possible that the first strike will happen from tomorrow [Wednesday] . This could be at selected airports, maybe with short notice in advance of three to four hours before the action starts.”

According to the spokesperson, LH cannot create or establish interim schedules because it has no information about when and where the strikes will happen. “We can’t estimate which scenarios will come up [to determine how] many flights LH [will be able to] operate,” he said.

LH’s Munich-based regional carriers, such as LH CityLine and Augsburg Airways, will not be affected.

LH operates around 1,800 daily flights.

The UFO union, which represents 18,000 LH flight attendants, has been in dispute with the airline for 13 months over pay and conditions. UFO fears that LH could transfer 2,000 flight attendants to a newly established European carrier operating at a lower cost base.

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