• BEE winners and losers

    Creating real change and real jobs requires a new ideology, says Gerhard Papenfus.

  • Governance matters

    Addressing risk well and timeously can be a source of growth, says Ian Mann.

  • Road to riches

    Taxpayers keep funding structures with big plans but who knows what efficacy, says Mandi Smallhorne.

See More

Lufthansa union ready to resume talks

Sep 07 2012 11:40 Reuters

Related Articles

Lufthansa flights grind to a halt

Thousands stranded by Lufthansa strike

Frankfurt curfew grounds Cape Town flights

Lufthansa to slash 3 500 jobs


Frankfurt - The union representing striking cabin crew at Lufthansa said it was open for talks at the weekend after renewing contact with the airline in a bitter row over pay and conditions that led to a 24-hour countrywide stoppage on Friday.

UFO head Nicoley Baublies said the union had not planned any further action beyond Friday. "We hope that this will mark a turning point," he told Reuters at Frankfurt airport, Lufthansa's home base.

He later told a German television station Friday could well be the last day of strikes, which have so far resulted in hundreds of cancelled flights and cost Lufthansa over €10m.

Lufthansa is under pressure not to give in to UFO's demands for 5% pay increases and guarantees against outsourcing as it tries to sharply cut costs in a plan to improve annual earnings by €1.5bn by 2014.

It has refused to improve on its offer of 3.6% more pay in exchange for longer hours, and has also said it does not see much point to calling in a mediator, which under German law would bring an end to the strikes.

"The first contact is a signal, not more," a spokesperson for Lufthansa said, declining to give any details.

The two sides have been negotiating for 13 months and talks broke down last week, with the union starting strike action at Frankfurt airport last Friday, before widening it to Munich and Berlin on Tuesday this week.

Lufthansa said it hoped to be able to operate on Friday around half of the approximately 1 800 flights it usually carries out per day, more than previously forecast.

After the 24-hour, Germany-wide strike was announced earlier this week, the airline had said it would probably cancel around two thirds of its flights.

Unlike previous strikes, where the union gave only six hours' notice of the location and duration, Lufthansa has had time to prepare for the latest action.

That means Frankfurt airport, Germany's busiest, was on Friday relatively quiet and spared the long queues and crowds of stressed passengers seen last week.

*Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

lufthansa  |  germany  |  strike  |  travel  |  aviation



Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

How will you manage Vodacom’s price hike for contracts?

Previous results · Suggest a vote