Majority of 360 Lufthansa flights scheduled during strike action period will have to be cancelled, at least 150 already cancelled.
Lufthansa cancelled at least 150 flights at its main hub Frankfurt today as the UFO union representing cabin crew held the first strike in a 13-month wage dispute.
The UFO union, which represents around two-thirds of Lufthansa’s 19,000 cabin crew, late on Thursday called on its members to strike from 0300 GMT to 1100 GMT on Friday in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa said the strike, which could cost Lufthansa millions of euros for each day of action, affects mainly short and medium flights, but some long-haul ones were also hit.
The German giant wants to replace some of the striking staff with non-striking crew, but it isn’t yet clear to what degree the company will achieve that.
“It depends on how Lufthansa responds now and how much they try to break the strike and put our people under pressure,” UFO union head Nicoley Baublies said. He said the union would decide Friday whether to stage similar strikes again Saturday and whether to expand them to other airports.
The UFO union says it will continue staging short-term strikes until its demands for better pay and conditions for some 19,000 cabin crew at the airline, Germany’s largest, are met.
Worldwide, Lufthansa employs about 120,000 people.