German cabin crew union UFO said it would publish details on its planned strike at airline Lufthansa on Friday morning, after last-ditch talks failed on Thursday.
“There is no option anymore to avert tomorrow’s strike,” Nicoley Baublies, head of the UFO union, said in a statement on Thursday. UFO said it would not stage a strike before noon on Friday.
Lufthansa is negotiating with various staff groups as it tries to reduce costs and talks over pensions and early retirement benefits in particular have met with opposition from staff keen to protect their pensions.
Lufthansa, which has taken a $141 million hit to profits from strikes so far this year, said it was “pulling out all the stops” to try and stop the strike, which at a week long would be the longest the carrier has ever seen.
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