Frankfurt / Main (AP) - Lufthansa wants to check the status of the Independent Flight Attendant Organization (UFO) as a union judicially. A request had been submitted to the State Labor Court Frankfurt, said the Dax Group.
"For months, the union has not used a representative executive board and is therefore unable to fulfill their role as a collective bargaining partner," the company justifies its approach. However, this is necessary in the interest of more than 20,000 flight attendants.
Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings have been refusing to bargain collectively with Ufo for months. It was preceded by a fierce leadership dispute in the sector union, in the course of which numerous members of the Executive Board and the Advisory Board resigned, including long-time union leader Nicoley Baublies. There were mutual allegations of infidelity and prosecutorial investigations. The UFO has suspended because of doubts about their leadership an already begun ballot on strikes of the cabin crew at Eurowings.
UFO vice-president Daniel Flohr described the company's actions as a further attempt to delay collective bargaining and strikes and to unsettle the workforce. According to information from the news magazine «Der Spiegel», there is also a dispute between the parties over the amount of profit sharing of the cabin crew for the current year. The Ufo need not worry about their union status, Flohr said. This will be recognized by the Frankfurt Labor Court, which decides on September 25 whether Ufo has legally terminated collective bargaining agreements with Lufthansa.