UFO flight attendant Strike [at EW/4U/CL/SXD on 20OCT2019 and LH 7-8NOV2019]

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Rebooking waiver issued November 5, 2019 for the strike to occur on November 7-8, 2019

LH advises you what do in case of irreg cancellations here: https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/flight-disruptions

Information on the announced strike of UFO




UFO has called on its cabin crew members for a two-day strike on 7 and 8 November. Lufthansa condemns the UFO's call for a strike in the strongest possible terms and is considering legal steps to prevent the strike. We are currently working at full speed on a special flight plan for Thursday and Friday which will be published on Wednesday. We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise.

Please check this website regularly, leave your mobile number in your Miles & More profile or in your booking and you will automatically be informed about the latest changes.



Your flight has not yet been cancelled, but you still want to change to another day or the train?

In order to give you planning security, we now offer you a free rebooking in the following cases

  • You are booked on a Lufthansa Group flight to and from Frankfurt or Munich with departure on 7 or 8 November.
  • Your ticket was issued on and before 4 November.
You can rebook your flight for the same route to a new date up to and including 15 November. Availability in the same class provided.

If you are booked on a domestic Lufthansa flight, we offer you a free exchange of your flight route for a train ticket on this page.


If and when a particular strike begins and flights are actually beginning to be cancelled/automatically rebooked, you can call or use facebook messenger ( https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/chatbot ) and ask for a rebooking/rerouting. If your ticket was issued by a travel agent or different airline, you are advised to contact the issuing office.

LH usually rebooks to other LH Group carriers, any star alliance carrier or other IATA airline it has an interline agreement with. The preference to do so is in the same order and done only if the preferred alternative doesn't have any free seats in the class of service (not booking class). Award bookings are treated the same way, although you may be requested to contact the issuing carrier for reissuing the ticket. LH issued tickets are usually reissued using the ATC irreg system. Because of the ATC in place, any travel agent who originally issued the tickets can rebook using the rules and reissue the tickets automatically without any intervention required by Lufthansa.

Details of the LH irreg invol rebooking policy is here: https://aviacenter.ru/en/news/2019/0...dule-changes)/

More details on irreg procedures here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/lufth...interview.html
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Old Jun 20, 19, 3:52 pm
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UFO flight attendant Strike [at EW/4U/CL/SXD on 20OCT2019 and LH 7-8NOV2019]

https://amp.dw.com/en/lufthansa-cabi...uly/a-49274768

should this happen, what would Lufthansa do?

1. refund money?
2. Book us on another airline?

Flying business. Sfo/muc mid july for cruise.
Would they be more likely to fly long routes with other personnel or would the whole thing be shut down leaving us on our own yo find flights?
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Old Jun 20, 19, 4:10 pm
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Originally Posted by oskidunker View Post
https://amp.dw.com/en/lufthansa-cabi...uly/a-49274768

should this happen, what would Lufthansa do?

1. refund money?
2. Book us on another airline?

Flying business. Sfo/muc mid july for cruise.
Would they be more likely to fly long routes with other personnel or would the whole thing be shut down leaving us on our own yo find flights?
Unlikely the strike will really happen. If it does, they will rebook you.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 7:32 am
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should this happen, what would Lufthansa do?

1. refund money?
2. Book us on another airline?
EC261/2004 article 8 applies:
Hence, you as passenger may choose between a full refund, a free reroute at the earliest possible time, a free reroute at an own preferred time (could be far in the future).

Article 8 rights exists regardless of the cause of the cancellation or period of notification.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 5:46 pm
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Will they rebook in Business?

Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
EC261/2004 article 8 applies:
Hence, you as passenger may choose between a full refund, a free reroute at the earliest possible time, a free reroute at an own preferred time (could be far in the future).

Article 8 rights exists regardless of the cause of the cancellation or period of notification.
Just want to be be careful they dont stick me on United in Coach if this happens.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by worldclubber View Post


Unlikely the strike will really happen. If it does, they will rebook you.
Lets hope so !

And with BA pilots looking at strikes over the same period it would be challenging in Europe
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Old Jun 22, 19, 8:41 am
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Any tentative dates announced? Supposed to fly on July 2nd.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by oskidunker View Post
Just want to be be careful they dont stick me on United in Coach if this happens.
They will need to rebook you into the same class of service as payed for, so if you had a business class ticket, you‘ll fly business class - unless you accept a voluntary downgrade to (premium) economy, e.g. because there are no free seats in business on some routing you want to take.

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Any tentative dates announced? Supposed to fly on July 2nd.
Eurowings/Germanwings not before mid/end July, Lufthansa mainline probably not before August.

Anyhow, for once i can see LH has good chance they will stop the strike action before the courts. UFO (the union) unilateral canceled the last framework contract after some internal scandal and disputes where the whole leadership needed to resign. The new interim union leaders thought it would be a good idea to put Germanwings and LH under pressure now and took a bold move by terminating the current framework contract and then calling for strike action. Probably to win favors with the union base and get elected as leadership team when those elections are due.

LH claims the current leadership team doesn’t have the authority to cancel contracts and renegotiate a deal. The union should get their act together and get back to normal formal process with setting up elections to nominate a new leadership, formulate demands for the next framework contract and then get back to the table to talk about it.

I’m usually not a big fan of Lufthansa management (not a fan of unions either...) but in this case, at least according to the information I got, I would side with lufthansa. Strike for higher salary is not supposed to be a tool for a interim leadership to win over the union base.
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Old Jun 23, 19, 3:07 pm
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Stopping a strike via court?
This is difficult to achieve in Germany, since the right to strike is enshrined in the German Constitution (article 9).
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Old Jun 23, 19, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
Stopping a strike via court?
This is difficult to achieve in Germany, since the right to strike is enshrined in the German Constitution (article 9).
True, but there really certain rules to follow before a union can call to strike action. A union can not just call for a strike because they think its time for it.

as long as there is a valid collective bargaining agreement in place, a union cannot call for a strike - and any effort to do so would be stopped before labor court.

UFO tried to navigate this by terminating the current agreement ahead of time. Which LH did not acknowledge due to a) the unclear organizational setup of the union and b) it is not quite clear if terminating the contract ahead of time as lawful in the first place.
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Old Oct 7, 19, 5:31 am
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News (in German only):

https://www.airliners.de/ufo-lufthan...-oktober/52138

https://ufo-online.aero/images/theme..._Infoflyer.pdf

Key message is that UFO plans to hold strikes with all LH group airlines. Details will be announced on Oct 14.
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Old Oct 7, 19, 7:36 am
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UFO is a bit of a disarray after a few scandals this year. The FAs are now organised in three unions (UFO, verdi, IGL), UFO is trying to show strength. In Germany you can't strike unless the majority of union members vote to strike. Such a strike will take place 6 weeks after the vote. They can also call for flash strikes to gather support for the vote, but UFO needs the required support for that.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 9:15 am
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I am a reader of posts, etc, but rarely post.

HOWEVER - in regards to this LH pending possible strike. We are on them later in October VCE - FRA. We then connect on to UA FRA DEN. Will LH give advance warning of the "FLASH STRIKES" or is it going to be a show up at the airport and 'surprise'??
Thanks for you advice!
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Old Oct 8, 19, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by IMWMN View Post
I am a reader of posts, etc, but rarely post.

HOWEVER - in regards to this LH pending possible strike. We are on them later in October VCE - FRA. We then connect on to UA FRA DEN. Will LH give advance warning of the "FLASH STRIKES" or is it going to be a show up at the airport and 'surprise'??
Thanks for you advice!
"FLASH STRIKES" are very uncommon (and mostly unlawful) in Germany. The normal thing is that the union make their intention to strike public well ahead of time. Just monitor the situation and you should be alright.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 12:01 pm
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Thanks! That really is all we can do! We will just monitor and see what happens.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 5:19 am
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UFO will announce their next steps on Monday afternoon. It seems they will go for select 'warnstreik' activity to show that they still have a sizeable following. They are annoyed that LH is talking to verdi as the FA union too.

A website has been setup with details: https://www.ufo-online.aero/de/themen/lhconcern.html
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