Strike hits Lufthansa flights to Paris

2013-12-26 17:41

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bobigny - Lufthansa flights to and from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris were disrupted Thursday after workers staged a wildcat strike against planned job cuts, but were set to slowly resume.

After a complete no-show by employees in the morning, all those on the afternoon shift turned up, said a spokesperson for the Aeroports de Paris authority, which owns and manages the airport in the northeastern suburb of Roissy.

"Six or seven flights should leave from Roissy depending on aircraft availability," he said.

Lufthansa spokesperson Peter Schneckenleitner said in Frankfurt that there could still be "irregularities" due to "a rise in the number of Lufthansa personnel taking sick leave in Paris."

Schneckenleitner said two flights from Frankfurt would leave for Paris in the afternoon as scheduled.

A total of 11 flights were due to depart from Roissy on Thursday and an equal number scheduled to arrive.

The Aeroports de Paris had earlier said all the flights would be cancelled. But the situation changed after two Lufthansa officials held talks with unions and persuaded them to go back to work, a French union member said.

In a joint statement, several unions had earlier complained of a "general malaise" among Lufthansa workers at France's main airport.

Lufthansa, under tough pressure from low-cost rivals, has embarked on a savings drive to boost profitability and earmarked 3 500 job cuts around the world, including 199 in France.

Since the announcement, workers have been "tired and depressed" and several have taken medical leave, leading to under staffing levels of more than 20%, said Franck Bonot, an official from the Unsa union.

Read more on:    lufthansa  |  france  |  air travel

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.