Bruce Drum (AirlinersGallery.com)on Nov 23
Lufthansa followed up on November 23, 2016 with statement:
Lufthansa notes that, for incomprehensible reasons, the pilots’ union Vereinigung !+$%pit has announced an additional strike for Thursday before Wednesday’s strike has even begun. Once more, they are inflicting extensive damage on our company and especially on our customers. The union has announced the strike on its website for Thursday, from 00:01 to 23:59. Once again, all Lufthansa long- and short-haul flights leaving Germany are affected.
Lufthansa will make preparations to deal with the operative effects of the strike immediately, in order to allow its customers to make reliable plans as soon as possible. 876 flights have already been cancelled for Wednesday, including 51 long-haul flights. Lufthansa regrets and apologizes for the inconvenience that the flight cancellations are causing its passengers.
The extension of the strike is an additional escalation by VC, which will cause even more uncertainty for our customers. Lufthansa has offered the union a joint request for mediation. Because this labour dispute can only be resolved if a compromise can be found together. If the union closes itself off from this search for a solution, it will be causing avoidable damage for all affected customers and for roughly 115,000 colleagues at Lufthansa Group.
The Group airlines Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike. Flights to and from Germany that are operated by the Group airlines are also not affected by the strike announcement. Flight operations at the Zürich, Vienna and Brussels hubs are proceeding as scheduled.
Bruce Drum (AirlinersGallery.com)on Nov 22
Lufthansa is again facing a one-day strike by its pilots on November 23, 2016. The airline issued this statement:
The pilot’s union Vereinigung !+$%pit (VC) called for strike action on November 23, 2016 from 00:01 to 23:59 (local times). Lufthansa short and long-haul flights departing from Germany are affected.
This call for strike is not the right way.
Several times, Lufthansa offered the VC a mediation to solve the collective labour agreement conflict with the help of a third person. This was always rejected by the VC. Instead, the VC is now calling for strike action, which will mostly affect customers and colleagues.
The VC is ignoring the option of a mediation and is thereby not taking care of its responsibility as a collective bargaining partner.
Unfortunately, this strike brings many inconveniences for our customers, for which Lufthansa is apologizing in advance.
Lufthansa is doing its utmost to inform customers the best possible way and - if possible - rebook them on other airlines or means of transport. Moreover, the capacities in the call centres will be ramped up. A special timetable is currently being created. This timetable will be published on LH.com as soon as possible.