FRANKFURT Jan 24 Deutsche Lufthansa
is seeking a temporary injunction against a one-hour strike
called by German air traffic controllers for Jan. 29, a
spokesman for Germany's largest airline said on Friday.
"From Lufthansa's point of view, the announced industrial
action by the GdF union is a 'political strike' and illegal,"
the spokesman said, adding that the strike had no goal related
to wage or working conditions.
The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions
Coordination(ATCEUC), which represents 14,000 flight overseers
across 28 European countries, has called on its members to take
action on Jan 29 to protest planned safety and savings targets
by the European Commission.
Separately, the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)
has called its own action day for Jan 30 and France's air
traffic controllers are planning to strike between Jan 27 and
German air traffic controllers' union GdF is calling on its
members to strike "in solidarity with French air traffic
controllers" between 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) and 9 a.m., a union
spokesman said on Thursday.
Lufthansa is seeking the injunction at a labour court in
Munich, Lufthansa's second biggest hub, the spokesman said.
The DFS German air traffic control authority is also seeking
an injunction, with the argument scheduled to be heard in
Frankfurt on Monday.
(Reporting by Jonathan Gould; Editing by Stephen Coates)