Union with 12,000 members makes strike threat
Cabin staff at Lufthansa warn that they may strike if the airline fails to offer to raise their salaries this week. UFO, a union that represents more than two-thirds of the airline’s 18,000 flight attendants, says that after a year of negotiations 97.5% of its members indicated in a recent vote that they would strike if an acceptable wage offer is not made. Talks between union and airline are scheduled for August 16, during which LH says a new offer will be given.
Cabin staff are proving more difficult for Lufthansa to negotiate with than pilots and ground staff, with whom it has already completed agreements. UFO wants a rise in salaries for its members, who have not had a pay increase for three years. It also wants a guarantee that temporary staff will not be used.