In Brief: German union calls for 48-hour strike on Lufthansa flights

Daniel Flohr, deputy chairman of Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO), said the strike would affect all cabin crew members of Lufthansa in Germany and all flights going in and out of Germany starting at 00:00 on Thursday, November 7 and going until 24:00 on Friday, November 8.

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Burkard Dregger, head of the CDU faction in Berlin’s parliament, says he blames Berlin’s Interior Senator and the Red-Red-Green Coalition for the “inhumane left-wing violence” that broke out this past weekend in Friedrichshain.

On Saturday, masked demonstrators on Rigaer Straße attacked police officers and set fire to car tires, pyrotechnics and trash cans. Police reported at least 16 officers were injured.

Dregger said his party’s proposals for an “action plan against left-wing violence” have been on the table for two years now but have been rejected by Berlin’s governing coalition. He said bans on face coverings and weapons were “overdue.”

In a statement on Sunday, Berlin’s Senator of the Interior Andreas Geisel also strongly condemned the violence on the police officers.

“Anyone who attacks people who secure the fundamental right to freedom of assembly has said goodbye to serious political debate,” said Geisel.

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Passengers planning to board a Lufthansa flight this week should be prepared for several cancellations and delays. The German cabin crew union, Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO), is calling for a 48-hour strike.

Daniel Flohr, the union’s deputy chairman, said the strike would affect all cabin crew members of Lufthansa in Germany and all flights going in and out of Germany starting at 00:00 on Thursday, November 7 and going until 24:00 on Friday, November 8.

In a tweet on Monday, Lufthansa condemned the strike and said they were looking into legal action.

Here in Berlin, Lufthansa operates flights out of Tegel several times a day to cities including Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. As of Monday, Lufthansa subsidiaries like Eurowings and Germanwings were not called to strike, though the union’s statement made it clear, subsidiary strikes could follow at any time.

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All this week, Berlin will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with pop-up exhibitions across the city.

Stories from the Peaceful Revolution are being presented at key sites in Berlin, including at Alexanderplatz, on Kurfürstendamm, and the East Side Gallery.

The celebrations will culminate on Saturday, November 9, with a concert at the Brandenburg Gate. The Staatskapelle (the orchestra of the Berlin State Opera) will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim and both Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will deliver speeches.

You can find more information about the commemorative events here.

 

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