Lufthansa, Fraport sue union over apron worker strikes

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Published: August 20, 2012

Lufthansa 747-400. By Rob Finlayson

Lufthansa (LH) and airport operator Fraport are suing Germany’s trade union GdF over a series of strikes in February by 200 apron workers, which cost tens of millions of euros in lost revenue and the cancellation of around 1,800 flights (ATW Daily News, Feb. 28).

A LH spokesperson told ATW in Frankfurt: “We can confirm that we had filed a complaint with a court. LH [had] already announced in February after the strikes that we would be taking action.” The spokesperson declined to disclose the amount of damages demanded and if other carriers will also file a complaint.

However, several German media outlets have reported compensation damages of €10 million ($ 12.3 million). German magazine Spiegel, reported that German air traffic controllers’ authority DFS, Air Berlin and Condor have also filed complaints.

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