German budget carrier Eurowings announced that members of their cabin crew organized by the UFO union will be going on strike as early as coming Monday.
Passengers flying Lufthansa and their low cost subsidiary Eurowings haven’t had an easy life over the past two years as strike after strike hit them every few months. Either it was the ground staff, pilots or cabin crew that went on strike, and it doesn’t make things easier that the same staff is often represented by different unions that all negotiate separately.
You can access Eurowings announcement about the upcoming strike here.
The UFO trade union has announced a strike of its members among the Eurowings cabin crew in Düsseldorf and Hamburg. We have no information at present as to when the strike is expected to start.
The walkout may begin as early as Monday. Disruptions to flights are expected to occur throughout the Eurowings route network.
Long-haul flights and flights operated by Germanwings (with a 4U flight number), SunExpress, Condor or other partner airlines are not affected by the strike action.
As soon as the strike period is known, we will notify you immediately about any delays and possible flight cancellations.
Passengers who have provided relevant contact details will be informed about any changes via text message or e-mail. Passengers who have booked flights via eurowings.com, can also add and store their personal contact data subsequently in the “My Eurowings” section.
Customers whose flights are affected by the strike action can cancel or rebook their flights free of charge. In this case, Eurowings will also provide vouchers enabling customers travel by rail instead. As soon as the strike period is known, passengers will be able to check the ongoing status of their flights.
Eurowings regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers by the industrial action. We will publish a substitute flight schedule as soon as we know when the strike is taking place. Rest assured that we will do everything possible to minimise the impact on passengers and operations.
If you have a flight coming up with Eurowings you should watch your flight number and also monitor the flight status on Eurowings website.
To get an additional perspective on this you might refer to this article from The Local (see here).
The union UFO announced on Thursday that the cabin crew strike would begin on Monday, after negotiations about pay and other contract conditions fell through. After two weeks, UFO said it may call for indefinite walk-outs, though not during the Christmas period.
A leading member of UFO, Nicoley Baublies, said that the union felt there was no other choice but to call the strike after Eurowings’ management had taken their own proposal for a resolution off the table on Wednesday.
In September, competing union Verdi had organized a ‘warning strike’ of flight crew, which resulted in eight flights being cancelled.
Lufthansa has been putting Eurowings through major transformation in recent years, and has merged its operations with that of the company’s other low-cost subsidiary, Germanwings.
The parent airline itself has struggled with labour disputes in recent years. Just this summer, Lufthansa management finally reached an agreement with cabin crew staff after a two year-long ordeal that impacted hundreds of thousands of passengers.
Flying on Lufthansa and their carriers has become a liability in recent years and I have switched my flights to Europe over to other carriers while using the car or trains domestically in Germany. I realize that’s not a solution for everybody, but it works for me.
Eurowings has been plagued by operational issues that we covered here on LoyaltyLobby many times already. Now this unfortunate strike situation puts a further strain on the carrier.
Keep in mind that Eurowings uses different designators for their flight numbers, and as indicated by the company notice not all flights are affected by this measure.