Lufthansa hit by strikes, can­cels hun­dreds of flights

Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSINESS -

CABIN CREW at Lufthansa’s bud­get unit Eurow­ings launched a 15-hour strike Tues­day, caus­ing dozens of flight can­cel­la­tions, as the Ger­man car­rier warned cus­tomers to pre­pare for a larger walk­out by pi­lots to­day, Wed­nes­day.

The Cock­pit union an­nounced Mon­day that pi­lots of all short­and long-haul flights out of Ger­many will go on strike in a dis­pute over pay.

The air­line said Tues­day that “due to to­mor­row’s strike, 876 of 3,000 LH Group flights had to be can­celled”. It said about 100,000 pas­sen­gers would be af­fected, in­clud­ing on 51 in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal con­nec­tions.

The Cock­pit union says the air­line has been post­ing “very good num­bers for years”, but that its pi­lots haven’t seen any con­se­quent pay in­creases.

It has been ask­ing for a 3.66 per cent yearly raise for a pe­riod of five and a half years. Lufthansa has called the union’s po­si­tion “ab­so­lutely in­com­pre­hen­si­ble”.

The dis­rup­tions fol­low a de­ci­sion by the ver.di ser­vice work­ers’ union to call on Eurow­ings cabin crew based in Dues­sel­dorf and Ham­burg to walk out Tues­day from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. (0400-1900 GMT).

News agency dpa re­ports that 50 of 88 planned flights to and from Dues­sel­dorf have been can­celled, while at least seven de­par­tures and seven ar­rivals in Ham­burg were scrapped.

The air­line and two unions are in a long-run­ning dis­pute over pay and con­di­tions. The other union, UFO, staged a 24-hour walk­out last month.

Ver.di says it’s in­sist­ing on a sep­a­rate deal for its mem­bers.

The air­line urged pas­sen­gers plan­ning to travel Wed­nes­day to check its web­site for in­for­ma­tion about can­celled flights.

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