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Tariff conflict: Ufo calls for mediation in dispute with Lufthansa

2020-01-06T11:04:55.209Z

The union has agreed to forego strikes. However, this requires extensive mediation instead of arbitration restricted to tariff issues.



In the wage dispute with Lufthansa, the flight attendants' union Ufo was ready to talk. The union calls for a comprehensive mediation on various topics at a meeting on January 16. As long as such mediation is ongoing, Ufo wants to "voluntarily refrain from strikes in the coming weeks (...)", as the union announced in a message to its members. The conversation in the coming week is the last attempt to negotiate a solution. If he fails, indefinite strikes are possible.

According to the UFO, arbitration at this point would be too narrowly limited to individual tariff issues. The union also demands, among other things, the withdrawal of dismissals and lawsuits against former and current board members and a resolution of the ongoing conflict. The union also wants to achieve independent solutions for individual Lufthansa subsidiaries, such as Germanwings, which recently went on strike for three days. On such a basis, according to Ufo, "tariff arbitration could then be sensibly carried out."

Lufthansa only wants arbitration for tariff issues

Lufthansa then also approached UFO and welcomed the arbitration procedure requested - but only for tariff issues. "We are pleased that the date on January 16 was confirmed by UFO for further discussions. Lufthansa continues to expect that there will be good solutions and prospects for the approximately 22,000 cabin employees," wrote the airline in one own message. The goal is to go "in the great arbitration". According to the Lufthansa concept, non-tariff topics should be dealt with "in parallel in separate procedures".

Around 200 flights were canceled at the turn of the year due to a three-day strike by the flight attendants at the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings. previously there had been a warning strike at four Lufthansa subsidiaries and a two-day strike at the core company Lufthansa.

In addition to tariff issues, the dispute between Lufthansa and Ufo also concerns allowances and expenses as well as the company's personnel policy. Among other things, the union wants to make it easier for seasonal workers to be taken on in regular employment. At the start of the dispute, Lufthansa questioned the union's ability to pay. After initial discussions initially failed to produce a satisfactory result for both sides, the airline Ufo offered a comprehensive arbitration procedure.

Source: zeit

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