Strikes at Lufthansa subsidiary airlines leads to cancellations

Published on : Monday, October 21, 2019

On Sunday a collective action by a German cabin crew union disrupted Eurowings, Germanwings, Lufthansa CityLine and SunExpress flights.


Initially the strike was set to last between 5 and 11 a.m however it can go on until midnight as on a short notice the cabin crew decided to extend it.



It was noted that the walkout affected flights operated by subsidiaries of Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa, but not Lufthansa itself.=



There were reports of cancellations in airports across Germany  and the UFO representatives described the walkout to be very successful. The UFO stated that more than 100 flights had been cancelled and by the strike Lufthansa’s daughter companies only individual flights had been canceled or delayed.



At the Berlin airport at least 15 flights from the German carrier Eurowings were cancelled  and Munich Airport reported 10 cancellations on Sunday morning.



A spokesman for Munich Airport cautioned that the affected airlines are making do with all personnel who are not organised [in the union]; we’ll have to wait and see what the day brings,



At Dusseldorf Airport four connections had been canceled  more cancellations predicted throughout the day. The airport is reporting that 60 flights are at risk.

 The strike has been called by  Lufthansa has called as illegal and the company maintains that the union’s new leaders, who took office earlier this year, were not properly elected and are thus not in a position to legally represent staff.



The walkout by the UFO was over worker’s wages, company pensions and part-time work provisions. It is looking for a 2% pay rise for its cabin crew, after it won a 2% pay rise for cabin crew at Lufthansa.


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