After the two-day strike by the flight attendants at Lufthansa, both sides want to negotiate on Sunday. Whether there will soon be new strikes, the union wants to announce Ufo on Monday.
The Lufthansa (LH) and the cabin crew union Ufo apparently want to advise on Sunday at a secret place on a possible arbitration of the tariff conflict. Lufthansa and Ufo agreed strict silence on details. One needs the confidentiality, in order to solve difficult legal questions, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr had said in advance. "If we settle, the whole thing must have legal support." With the targeted discussions, Lufthansa is turning around: for months it had denied the Ufo Executive Board the right to represent and rejected any negotiations.
UFO wants to announce on Monday if there are new strikes
Ufo had strike on Thursday and Friday, the Lufthansa core company. After the end of the two-day strike, the flight schedule normalized on Saturday. The union Ufo rated the strike as a "complete success". UFO spokesman Nicoley Baublies said he hopes a contract for conciliation talks will be signed this weekend. At the same time, the union once again threatened to extend the strikes to other Lufthansa companies before the meeting. On Monday, the further procedure will be announced.
Lufthansa had to "make a complete U-turn," said Baublies. "Either we have a solution or we will just announce that there must be a massive expansion." After the ballots, Ufo is also ready to strike at four Lufthansa subsidiaries: Germanwings, Eurowings Deutschland, LufthansaCityLine and SunExpress Deutschland.
Lufthansa: "Isolated deletions" still on Saturday
According to Fraport, there were "some flight cancellations" on Saturday, including around 20 Lufthansa flights. On Saturday, a total of 1,200 take-offs and landings were scheduled in Frankfurt. Also at Munich airport some flights were canceled. Many Lufthansa flights also started or landed late. A Lufthansa spokeswoman spoke of "isolated deletions", without giving numbers. Overall, Lufthansa canceled 1,500 flights due to the strike and spoke of 200,000 passengers affected.
Ufo calls in the tariff conflict for the approximately 21,000 Lufthansa flight attendants higher expenses and allowances and the better access for seasonal workers in regular employment.