Passengers travelling with Lufthansa face disruption after cabin crew threatened a week of strikes starting Friday (November 6).
The UFO union said action will run until November 13 unless a fresh set of demands on retirement and pension benefits is met.
Head of the union Nicoley Baublies said Lufthansa has until 1600 on Thursday to respond to a list of demands.
He said he did not expect the German carrier to come around after two years of negotiations. “All passengers are advised to assume that their flights will not take off,” the union head said.
The dispute is over Lufthansa’s plans to scrap an arrangement under which pilots can retire at 55 and receive up to 60 per cent of their pay until they reach the statutory retirement age of 65.
Last week, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said the airline has identified €1billion of cost savings despite raising its full-year profit forecast.
Lufthansa said it regretted UFO’s position. “Lufthansa currently offers cabin staff the best provisions in the entire sector,” said a company spokeswoman, insisting that management was ready “at any time” to resume negotiations.
Strikes this year have so far cost Lufthansa around €130 million.