Lufthansa passengers must expect strikes in mid-July. The union Independent Flight Attendant Organization (UFO) wants to have their members vote on industrial action from next week. At the subsidiaries Eurowings and Germanwings there will be a ballot as soon as possible, in which Lufthansa will delay this by a few weeks, said the deputy Ufo chairman Daniel Flohr. "At the end of these ballots, we will concretely announce when, where and how long labor disputes will take place."
Lufthansa had "deliberately escalated the wage dispute with employees," said Flohr. The group had canceled in the past week all discussions with UFO. "This front would be very easy for Lufthansa to eliminate, and thus spare us flight attendants, passengers and shareholders an additional worry this summer."
The first ballots on strikes at Eurowings and Germanwings should therefore take two weeks and start in the next week. After completion of the ballot UFO will call the first concrete strike dates. They would be in July.
For the parent company Lufthansa, tariff demands are still being drafted, said Flohr. These demands would then also be made to the ballot.
Lufthansa sees no basis for strike
Lufthansa reacted with incomprehension to the strike announcement. "There can not be a strike, because there are currently neither open collective bargaining agreements nor concrete claims," the airline said. "We can not design the working conditions of more than 20,000 flight attendants, if not even the effectiveness of closed contracts is ensured."
Ufo had terminated collective agreements with Lufthansa in March. Lufthansa, however, had not recognized these layoffs. "We stand by the tariff partnership", it was called now by the Lufthansa. "For this we need a reliable collective bargaining partner in order to work out solutions together in the interests of the employees and the company."