German union calls strike at Germanwings starting Monday
Having threatened strikes almost 24 hours earlier, but refusing to say when or for which airlines, the UFO trade union on Friday announced that its members working at Germanwings would stop work for 72 hours spanning New Year’s eve.
Spokesman Nicoley Baublies said UFO would target the German carrier’s subsidiary rather than disrupting Lufthansa in full-scale industrial action.
Union deputy chairman Daniel Flohr accused Lufthansa of failing to offer cabin crew clear perspectives under its plan to merge Germanwing’s 30 some aircraft into its major subsidiary Eurowings.
Prior to UFO’s strike call on Friday, Lufthansa management has said: “This is not the way to settle the conflict” and said it anticipated scheduled arbitration in January.
‘Failed’ arbitration bid
On Thursday, the German cabin crew union had already threatened to instigate another bout of strikes following what it called “failed” arbitration talks with Lufthansa last Sunday.
UFO had ruled out action by members over the Christmas period, but on Friday warned that larger scale strikes might be announced around January 2 if there were “still no concessions.”
Last month, Lufthansa was forced to cancel 1,300 flightsdue to the strikes on behalf of its 21,000 staff members.
The union subsequently agreed to refrain from further strikes amid ongoing negotiations.
ipj, lc/msh (Reuters, dpa)