Significant risk of huge delays due to Lufthansa strikes
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Frankfurt - According to the UFO, Lufthansa passengers face widespread flight disruption from Friday after cabin crew representatives said they would start a series of strikes over pay and cost-cutting measures at Germany's largest airline.
Where and when the strikes will take place is yet unknown. The union – which represents two-thirds of Lufthansa’s 19,400 cabin crew – assured that Lufthansa will be given a 6 hours’ notice. The union and Lufthansa have reportedly been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement for over than a year.
After three years of zero increases, the cabin crew now demands a five-percent pay rise. According to Lufthansa, the cost-cutting programme needs to be maintained, and cabin crew must contribute to it since fuel costs continue to rise.
Passengers are advised to check Lufthansa’s website regularly with regard to their flight details. Hundreds of flights will potentially need to be cancelled. Passengers have to take into account that they will not be able to fly on Friday or arrive at their destination with a severe delay.
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