UFO, a German union representing Lufthansa’s cabin crew is warning for a possible strike in the middle of the holiday season (July) because of a wage dispute with Lufthansa’s management.
“Last Friday, the Lufthansa management informed us that all talks with UFO will be aborted,” a union member told, “Since 2016, cabin crew has been waiting for the sensible implementation of all mediation agreements, the correction of errors and misuse of some collective agreements.”
A possible strike is also pending at Lufthansa’s low-cost airline Eurowings (Germany) and Germanwings as – very soon – a ballot will be held among staff to decide on a possible strike at the subsidiary.
According to Lufthansa and Eurowings, they are willing to negotiate with the union.
Next Monday, an extraordinary works council will take place at the headquarters of Brussels Airlines. Last Sunday, the Executive Board of Lufthansa Group revised its financial outlook for the full year 2019. The management of Eurowings has resolved upon further turnaround measures which it will present to the unions representing the Brussels Airlines employees.
The Lufthansa Group is feeling the “pressure” of established low-cost airlines like Ryanair and easyJet. Both airlines are eager to take over market share from the Group.