The three-day strike by Germanwings flight attendants began on Monday night. This was confirmed by the spokesman for the cabin union Ufo, Nicoley Baublies. Around 180 flights nationwide are affected by the three-day strike, as an overview on the Eurowings website shows. Germanwings operates its flights for Eurowings.
The strike at Germanwings leads to around 15 percent flight cancellations in the entire Eurowings flight plan, said a company spokeswoman. "Of the 1200 planned flights during the strike period, over 1000 will be operated." The cancellations are mainly domestic connections, but some flights to Austria and Switzerland have also been canceled. The airports in Cologne-Bonn, Munich, Hamburg and Berlin-Tegel are particularly affected.
The Ufo union called on Germanwings flight attendants to strike on Friday after preliminary talks on arbitration failed. Over the weekend, employees and employers reproached each other. Even giving in to the Germanwings on Saturday did not lead to the strike being canceled. "On the contrary, we fear, when the management communicates, that three days will not be enough," Ufo warned in a letter to her members.
In the conflict there has already been a warning strike at four Lufthansa subsidiaries and a two-day strike at the core company Lufthansa. Around 1,500 flights with around 200,000 passengers were canceled in November. The official reason for the strike is a dispute between the union and the employer about part-time arrangements.