Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lufthansa pilots to strike again on Saturday – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

For the passengers of Lufthansa, it always comes out thicker. The pilot Union Vereinigung Cockpit
will now go on strike on Saturday, as announced on Thursday in Frankfurt. Affected all long-haul flights, which will start this day from Germany. Because of the once more extended pilot strike, 830 flights from fall this Friday at Lufthansa this Friday again. On the third day of the strike in a row this Time are almost exclusively Short and medium-haul flights affected, with about 100,000 passengers, as the company announced on Thursday in Frankfurt.

unlike the days before going to track the long – “almost according to plan.” “A total of more than 315.000 passengers from 2618 flight cancellations are affected to the three strike days,” said the airline. Only a few passengers moved to the web.

The Dax group, the pilot Union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) called on strongly, according to the 14. Strike to round of a conciliation agreement. “We are as a Board member for more than 120,000 employees and want to set up Lufthansa for the future. This will not be a requirement of 20 per cent more wage," said Lufthansa management Board member Harry Hohmeister.

In the beginning of 2014 back collective conflict had offered Lufthansa pilots last, a wage increase of 2.5 per cent until the end of 2018. The Vereinigung Cockpit rejects this. It demands for the approximately 5400 pilots of the companies Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings, tariff increases of 22% of the total for the period up to and including April, 2017.

Hohmeister called it “absurd” and “completely unacceptable”. Each day of the strike would cost Lufthansa around ten million euros. Added to this is a damage of image, it was not possible to quantify exactly. “We remember the numbers, but in our medium-term booking.”

The VC defended their action that the Lufthansa Management will show more, no movement, and no negotiation, had sent to offer. Sprecher Jörg Handwerk accused the Board of a “no-compromise company policy”. The pilots reject arbitration so far, and criticize it from their point of view, to low offer of Lufthansa.

On Thursday had been cancelled due to the strike of 912 Compounds, on Wednesday 876 – around half of the programme, the core Lufthansa brand. Flights the low-cost subsidiary Euro wings, as well as of the group companies, AUA, Swiss, Brussels, Air Dolomiti were not affected, many of the guests were transferred to it.

Also on Friday should take place in the Lufthansa group 2170 3000 flights. Including the first direct flight from San Francisco to Berlin. On Board the special flight LH 343 with a Lufthansa Jumbo, the Berliner Philharmoniker are on their way back from a North American tour.

“The situation in the terminal is quiet”, – was stated in the case of Lufthansa. The strike-the flight plan will be flown as planned. Many passengers had previously been informed, or had made themselves smart. The group said that more than 150,000 e-Mails or SMS with flight info sent. To the few stranded passengers Snacks, water and juice were distributed. Lufthansa has, as a precaution, reserved in Munich and Frankfurt, thousands of hotel beds. In the Frankfurt Terminal box beds for Transit passengers are not permitted to enter without visa in the Schengen area.

Deutsche Bahn intends to use, in spite of the Lufthansa strike, no special trains. “This is not planned,” said a railway spokesman. The additional Lufthansa passengers could be carried by the regular trains. At several node points spare trains ready to were – as always – that could be used in case of need. According to information from Lufthansa about 2200 tickets had been converted on Wednesday in railway tickets.


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