Lufthansa union makes strike threat before mediation

FRANKFURT Sat Sep 8, 2012 8:39am EDT

A Lufthansa plane taxies on the tarmac at the international airport in Munich September 7, 2012. German airline Lufthansa and its cabin crew have agreed to seek the services of a mediator to try and settle their dispute which has caused the cancellation of over 1,000 flights into and out of Germany, the union said on Friday. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A Lufthansa plane taxies on the tarmac at the international airport in Munich September 7, 2012. German airline Lufthansa and its cabin crew have agreed to seek the services of a mediator to try and settle their dispute which has caused the cancellation of over 1,000 flights into and out of Germany, the union said on Friday.

Credit: Reuters/Michael Dalder

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa's cabin crew union UFO threatened further strikes if mediation talks scheduled for next week fail to yield a result, German weekly magazine Focus said on Saturday.

Lufthansa and union representatives on Friday agreed to begin a formal mediation procedure set for next Wednesday, after the airline offered permanent contracts to some temporary cabin crew.

If talks are abandoned, the cabin crew staff can go on strike "every four days, or fortnight or every three weeks," union head Nicoley Baublies told Focus, according to an advance excerpt of its Monday edition.

The union has 20 years worth of membership fees to fall back on to fund industrial action, Baublies told the magazine.

Previous talks broke down and strikes forced Lufthansa to cancel over 1,000 flights, after 13 months of negotiations over pay and working conditions.

Lufthansa has been resisting the union's demand for 5 percent pay increases and guarantees against outsourcing as it tries to slash costs in a plan to improve annual earnings by 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) by 2014.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Anthonykovic wrote:
Unions are selfish and anti-social. They cater to their members’ greed, and in the process the travelling public suffers.

If the workers aren’t happy with what management and ownership provides, let them go work elsewhere or set up their own businesses. Unlike investors, they do not own the company – they just work there, exchanging their labor for a salary. They have no inherent right to run the company.

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