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Lufthansa cabin crew strike likely

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By David Stewart White

A strike by Lufthansa cabin crew looks increasingly likely after labor talks broke down. The strikes could come with little notice, according to a notice sent to members by the cabin crew union on August 28. The Unabhängigen Flugbegleiter Organisation—or UFO—represents some 18,000 workers at the German airline.

The airline and union are at odds over pay freezes, downsizing and outsourcing of jobs. According to the UFO, Lufthansa refused to agree to limits on outsourcing. Negotiations broke down at 4 a.m. on August 28. The union said that it might call a strike on short notice, using emails and text messages to members.

Lufthansa released a statement indicating that some progress had been made during negotiations but said that differences were "insurmountable." Despite this, the airline said it is "confident that a comprehensive settlement with UFO can still be achieved."

The UFO strike manual rallies workers by quoting Robert Louis Stevenson: Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.