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Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016
Nearly 400 flights were grounded as workers at German low-cost airlines Eurowings and Germanwings went on a strike on Thursday, stranding some 40,000 passengers, a spokesman for the two companies said.
The Lufthansa-owned airlines are locked in disputes with the Ufo flight attendants union. Eurowings staff are calling for salary increases and improved working conditions while Germanwings personnel are unhappy with terms for part-time employees.
Cabin crew stayed away from midnight in Berlin, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, Dortmund, Hanover and Stuttgart in what is to be a 24-hour strike, forcing around 400 out of 550 planned flights to be cancelled.
The largest hubs in Frankfurt and Munich were spared, along with all long-haul flights.
Nicoley Baublies of Ufo defended the decision to hit the two airlines at once with strikes.
“At the end of the day both have the same targets and the same management,” he said speaking to the media.
Another Ufo representative, Daniel Flohr, threatened to extend the strikes next week if the talks failed to make headway.
“If need be we will strike on two days if management doesn’t budge,” he said, without specifying a timetable.