They say if you want something, sometimes you gotta' hit em where it hurts. Frankly, after reading through some numbers resulting from the Lufthansa crew strikes that took places this week, I'm on my knees holding the things I hold dearest. The issues may well be issues to some, but the numbers are staggering to all.
500,000 + Passengers Stranded...
Yeah, that's about seven of the world's largest stadiums full of people all being stranded this week without hope. An estimated 100,000 people were left stranded each day from destinations world wide leading to utter chaos and a never ending list of people who need to rebooked, re accommodated or refunded for a week of enduring hell.
4,700 Flights Cancelled Worldwide
Strikes and Lufthansa are like mint chocolate and chip. They are a regular occurrence and something that the airline has grown accustomed to. Unfortunately, unlike other strikes affecting only certain regional pilots or more obscure areas, this strike affects all crew worldwide and has thus resulted in the cancelling of nearly all Lufthansa flights this week, worldwide. 4,700 flights full of people without transportation.
$108,000,000 In Loses...
Lufthansa is battling a list of demands by their flight attendant union (UFO). The demands included more money for early retirement and integration and acceptance issues with Lufthansa's budget branch Eurowings. This weeks chaos is expected to cost the airline a whopping $108 million dollars. I wonder what the cost of accepting the unions somewhat ridiculous proposal would've been in the first place?
I'm fairly ruthless. If it were my airline, nearly everyone would be out of a job. If you want a new contract, when and only when your current contract expires, you keep working and send your leaders to negotiate in good faith. Lufthansa workers manage to strike seemingly every month over new sets of demands and are on the whole already very well off compared to other pay standards in the industry. The German courts don't help the matter either, with many rulings allowing the strikes. In the United States, it doesn't apply to airline staff, but if air traffic controllers strike, they can be arrested. I prefer that method...
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