Lufthansa cabin crew rule out labor action for six weeks

  • Lufthansa’s cabin crew have pledged not to strike for the next six weeks while labor representatives and company executives take part in negotiations.

    On Friday, the German carrier and union representatives agreed to begin a formal mediation procedure set for Wednesday.

    The move comes after the airline offered permanent contracts to some temporary cabin crew.

    Both sides must now agree on the appointment of an independent mediator, which is due to be completed by next week.

    Union representatives are seeking a pay increase of 5 percent for cabin staff for 15 months starting from January this year.

    Lufthansa's latest offer was for a pay increase of around 3.5 percent.

    Cabin crew carried out two strikes last week resulting in the cancelation of hundreds of flights and estimated to have cost the airline around $6 to $12 million a day.