Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike Continues

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Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike Continues

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Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike Continues

By Ofonime Essien

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Hundreds more flights were grounded on Thursday as the strike by Lufthansa’s main cabin crew union entered its sixth day with no sign of compromise.

Cabin crew staff started a series of strikes at Lufthansa last Friday to fight for an improved pension offer for employees.

Lufthansa, which says it needs to cut costs in order to compete with budget rivals and leaner Gulf carriers, has said it is open to mediation, provided the union calls off the strikes.

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Lufthansa cancelled 933 flights on Thursday, affecting 107,000 passengers, and equivalent to around one-third of the daily flights usually operated by the airlines within the group. It has said the strike is costing it at least EUR€10 million a day.

The strikes forced even Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr to take a flight with rival Air Berlin from Berlin to Munich this week.

If Lufthansa fails in a court appeal to at least force Dusseldorf-based crews back to work, it seems likely a similar number of flights could be cancelled on Friday.

The union plans to end the week of strikes by calling on all Lufthansa Group employees to join a demonstration at Frankfurt airport on Friday from midday, union head Nicoley Baublies said.

“If there is no movement from management then maybe we will have to say that there will be more strikes,” Baublies said.

Lufthansa has condemned the strikes as counter-productive.

“With this strike, they’re only making it harder for us all,” personnel head Bettina Volkens said in an interview with best-selling daily Bild. “The only ones that are happy about the situation are our rivals.”

In total, the walkouts have now forced the cancellation of almost 4,000 flights, disrupting the travel of more than 430,000 Lufthansa customers.

Source: Reuters

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