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Germany – Lufthansa quits temporary staffing after costly strikes

10 September 2012

After Lufthansa has been hit by costly strikes last week with workers walking out at major airports in Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich, Germany’s largest airline has made a clear move towards reconciliation with the union – by promising to stop using temporary workers in the future.

“Lufthansa will unilaterally abandon the use of external cabin crew in Berlin for the foreseeable future and without additional pre-conditions,” said CEO Christoph Franz last Friday.

The 200 flight attendants, who have been provided by the staffing firm AviationPower, will receive permanent job offers from the company next year.  

The strikes have erupted over several issues, including pay, the outsourcing of labour and the use of roughly 200 temporary agency staff at the company’s Berlin base. The strikes have been led by the UFO union, which had called on Lufthansa to quit hiring temporary workers.

“We hope that this step will help the UFO union to embark together on constructive talks in order to achieve a competitive remuneration structure for cabin crew,” Mr Franz added.

UFO has welcomed the move and stopped the strikes, which had forced the company to cancel half of its flights and impacted around 100,000 travelling with the airline. The union said it is not planning further strike action in the next few days. 

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