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Germanwings strikes canceled 200 flights | TIME ONLINE



At the Lufthansa subsidiary German Wings a total of around 200 flights were canceled during the three-day strike at the beginning of the year. More than 70 flights were canceled on the last New Year's strike day alone, said a spokeswoman for the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings. Germanwings operates 30 aircraft and around 1,400 employees for Eurowings, but is to be connected to Eurowings flight operations in the future.

Despite the strike, more than 85 percent of the 1,200 flights scheduled between Monday and Wednesday were operated, the spokeswoman said. All passengers who were affected by failures had been transported to their destination in another way.

The flight attendant union Ufo had meanwhile threatened to prolong the strike, but then announced on New Year's Day to end the strike as planned at night.

Lufthansa and Ufo have been in a clinch for a long time. The deadlocked collective bargaining dispute for the 22,000 cabin employees of the Lufthansa Group is about allowances and working conditions. Ufo and Lufthansa have also argued about whether the union is even authorized to negotiate tariffs. Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr ultimately agreed to arbitration. For the union, the former SPD leader and former Prime Minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, is a conciliator. Frank-Jürgen Weise, the former head of the Federal Employment Agency, has taken on the role of Lufthansa.

In the conflict, there had already been a warning strike at four Lufthansa subsidiaries and a two-day strike at the core company Lufthansa. As a result, around 1,500 flights were canceled in November, affecting around 200,000 passengers.



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