October 18, 2019 / 2:49 PM / a month ago

Lufthansa cabin crew strike cancelled after airline offers pay rise

BERLIN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - German cabin crew union UFO on Friday called off a strike that would have hit flights at Lufthansa this weekend, saying the airline had met a key demand by offering a 2% pay rise backdated to July 1.

The de-escalation followed a threat by the flight attendants’ union to widen a walkout on Sunday to Lufthansa’s German units, including Germanwings, Eurowings, SunExpress Deutschland and Cityline.

UFO earlier this week announced a strike for Sunday morning targeting Lufthansa’s namesake core brand at its most important hubs, Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa, in a letter to staff on Friday, unilaterally offered a 2% pay rise to cabin staff, backdated to July 1. Reacting, UFO said the offer was “extremely positive” but pressed for further concessions on expenses and supplements.

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Thomas Seythal

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