Lufthansa’s cabin crew has been called to another round of strikes starting Thursday and Friday. The crew union UFO announced that the strike is set to carry on into Monday of the following week if Lufthansa fails to appropriately respond to the union's demands.
UFO has not specified which airports would be affected, but said it would not hold any walkout during the first Advent weekend of November 28 and 29.
Germany’s largest air carrier faced the longest strike in its history earlier in November when UFO called a week-long strike which affected hundreds of thousands of passengers. The cabin crew union strike in November costed the company tens of millions of euros and forcing the cancellation of about 4,700 flights.
Lufthansa pilots have also been hit by the cost saving strategy and have so far gone on strike 13 times.
Lufthansa said it took note of the strike announcement with "consternation", saying the company had tried to defuse the conflict by inviting all the unions involved in various strike actions at the carrier to a meeting on December 2.
Lufthansa is pushing expansion of low-cost brand Eurowings over growth of its main Lufthansa brand and is trying to introduce new defined-contribution pension schemes and revamp a decades-old programme that allows crews to retire at 55.