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Lufthansa strike leaves thousands stranded

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Germany’s flagship airline has left thousands of passengers stranded this week as its cabin crew continues to strike. More than 500 domestic and international flights have been cancelled so far, mainly from Dusseldorf and Frankfurt which are the airline’s biggest hubs.

The industrial action was called upon by the flight attendant union UFO as a response to continuous wage disputes between the two parties. According to UFO executive Nicoley Baublies: “We regret this course of action, but we see no alternative”. In order to prevent further strikes, Lufthansa is considering legal action. The agreement between Lufthansa and UFO provides that a mediator may be consulted in case negotiations fail. 

The strike officially began this Friday and is expected to last for at least one week, rotating around different airports. Lufthansa subsidiaries: Germanwings, Air Dolomiti, Swiss, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines are said to be unaffected.

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