Expanding the services of Lufthansa's own budget airline Eurowings has been the bone of contention between management and personnel. Following months of periodical strikes by the airline's pilots, this time, cabin crews are threatening the same.
Air Berlin's filing for insolvency after Etihad withdrew its financial support has created an uncertain future. Staff and clients, including Berlin's new BER airport, face an anxious few months.
A union representing Lufthansa's low-budget subsidiaries has said a planned strike on Thursday would now also involve employees at Germanwings. It said there was no alternative to the strike after failed negotiations.
The pay dispute between Lufthansa's budget carrier Eurowings and cabin crew is escalating. UFO, a union representing German flight attendants, has announced that passengers will have to brace themselves for strikes.
A 24-hour strike by Eurowings cabin crew union UFO could be repeated once or twice next week if a deal over pay and working conditions is not reached. It is not yet known when the strike days would be.
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