Union calls on cabin crew at German airline Lufthansa to strike

Employees demonstrate in front of the Lufthansa Technik premises in Hamburg. The warning strike for passenger-related areas is due to end at 7.10 a.m. on 9 March. According to Lufthansa, around 200,000 passengers are likely to be affected by cancellations and delays in air traffic. Ulrich Perrey/dpa
Employees demonstrate in front of the Lufthansa Technik premises in Hamburg. The warning strike for passenger-related areas is due to end at 7.10 a.m. on 9 March. According to Lufthansa, around 200,000 passengers are likely to be affected by cancellations and delays in air traffic. Ulrich Perrey/dpa

The Ufo union is calling on some 19,000 flight attendants at German carrier Lufthansa and its subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline to go on strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, the union announced.

The strike will affect all departures from Frankfurt from 4 am (0300 GMT) to 11 pm on Tuesday and all departures from Munich on Wednesday, the union said.

Ufo emphasized that Lufthansa had only recently announced a record result of almost €1.7 billion ($1.86 billion) in net profit on Thursday - the third best in the group's history.

"The cabin must now also be involved in this success and the concessions made during the coronavirus crisis must be sufficiently compensated,” said Joachim Vázquez Bürger, UFO board chairman.

UFO is essentially demanding a 15% increase for the cabin crew and also wants to achieve an inflation compensation bonus of €3,000.

The union has rejected Lufthansa's offers in separate collective bargaining negotiations as inadequate.

Employees demonstrate in front of the Lufthansa Technik premises in Hamburg. The warning strike for passenger-related areas is due to end at 7.10 a.m. on 9 March. According to Lufthansa, around 200,000 passengers are likely to be affected by cancellations and delays in air traffic. Ulrich Perrey/dpa
Employees demonstrate in front of the Lufthansa Technik premises in Hamburg. The warning strike for passenger-related areas is due to end at 7.10 a.m. on 9 March. According to Lufthansa, around 200,000 passengers are likely to be affected by cancellations and delays in air traffic. Ulrich Perrey/dpa
Employees demonstrate in front of the Lufthansa Technik premises in Hamburg. The warning strike for passenger-related areas is due to end at 7.10 a.m. on 9 March. According to Lufthansa, around 200,000 passengers are likely to be affected by cancellations and delays in air traffic. Ulrich Perrey/dpa
Employees demonstrate in front of the Lufthansa Technik premises in Hamburg. The warning strike for passenger-related areas is due to end at 7.10 a.m. on 9 March. According to Lufthansa, around 200,000 passengers are likely to be affected by cancellations and delays in air traffic. Ulrich Perrey/dpa