The German cabin crew union UFO planned a strike on Sunday in four branches of Lufthansa Airlines, with more than 300 flights likely to suffer the consequences at various German airports.
Initially foreseen between 05:00 and 11:00 this Sunday, the national strike disrupted flights of Eurowings, Germanwings, Lufthansa Cityline and SunExpress. But the management was not receptive to the demands of unions, the movement has continued in the afternoon and evening, disturbing several airports and causing the cancellation of more than 100 flights at the airports of Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Berlin-Tegel and Hamburg.
UFO said it had ramped up the strike after the Lufthansa group told workers the walkouts had been “illegal” and “endanger your jobs”. Lufthansa has indeed called the strike illegal. The company also maintains that the union’s new leaders, who took office earlier this year, were not properly elected and are thus not in a position to legally represent staff.
Lufthansa had announced plans to operate flights normally, making the strike partly ineffective. The union cancelled strikes at Lufthansa, the main airline, after accepting a 2% pay increase for cabin crew working there.