German Airline Unions Are Revolting

Tyler Durden's picture

While 'the rest of Europe' appears to remain in beggars-can-be-choosers mode with handouts from the core (even if there is a new template), it appears the people of Germany are beginning to want their slice of the cake. Following Lufthansa's rejection of the flight crews' union demands for a 5.2% pay rise (which we should be assured is entirely non-inflationary), the airline faces massive flight cancellations on Monday. As The BBC reports, only 30 of its more than 1700 scheduled flights will take place as Lufthansa looks to cut costs in the face of stiff competition from low-cost carriers. With Frau Merkel facing the recent women's quota setback, and a workforce seemingly becoming increasingly uncomfortable with their status quo, the rise of the 'Alternative for Germany' party makes the elections far from a foregone conclusion despite current majorities.

Via The BBC,

German airline Lufthansa has cancelled the majority of its flights scheduled for Monday due to a strike.

 

The airline said about only about 30 of its flights would run as planned on Monday, out of more than 1,700 originally scheduled.

 

Ground staff have called a one-day strike in a pay dispute.

 

Last week Lufthansa rejected union demands for a 5.2% wage increase over the next 12 months.

 

Strikers are also looking for guarantees over job cuts.

 

Like many airlines, Lufthansa is looking to cut costs in the face of stiff competition from low-cost carriers and big Gulf airlines, as well as rising fuel prices.

 

Unions staged a similar one-day strike last month. Short "warning strikes" are a common tactic among German unions, designed to put pressure on wage negotiations.

 

In a statement on its website, Lufthansa said passengers should expect "massive" flight cancellations and delays that will start to affect long-haul flights from Sunday.

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Pool Shark's picture

 

 

German Airline Unions Are Revolting

So are their flight attendants...

 

 

bania's picture

And their in flight meals...

Chaffinch's picture

More revolting than other Germans?

SafelyGraze's picture

not as revolting as this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyYlJLDF91A#!

spoiler: armed gangs going door-to-door in suburban neighborhood

LawsofPhysics's picture

Expect more of this occuring in cities everywhere.  Cityfolk really need more to do and will have it soon enough, I remain long sharecropping...

macholatte's picture

 

I figure there's different ways to look at it.....

1.  Who you gonna call when you need help...... ghostbusters?

2.  It is amazing that no innocent bystanders get hurt by the cops. So maybe they did a good job.

3.  It's a difficult job full of criticism but nobody talking about a better way to do it. Folks with cell phone cameras and the internet and social media and such are keeping the cops on their toes, which is real good. Yea the cops screw up and make mistakes and sometimes people get hurt or killed because of that. No argument. But maybe, as one of the ZH posters already said, the Boston cops are more professional than some others.

 

dunce's picture

They fired 200 rounds in the shoot out and one got away and the other was hoisted on his own petard ( bomb). Maybe  one out of fifty shots hit the targets. At least no innocent bystanders were hit.

Missing_Link's picture

Yeah, because the police are "armed gangs" and their behavior during a manhunt for homicidal maniac terrorists perfectly represents their typical behavior.

toys for tits's picture

I don't think you're being sarcastic, so I'm going to respond as if you're serious. If not please accept my apology in advance.

You are stupid to believe that these thugs will not continue to infringe on our constitutional rights for whatever 'emergency' du jour.

In the 40's, American citizens of Japanese descent were incarcerated on the west coast of this country for years.  Now you're willing to allow this you stupid fucker.

I posted this the other day about the 6 rights I've already seen trampled this past week and I am thoroughly disgusted right now with people like you believing that this overwhelming-trampling-of-civil-rights shit was necessary.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-20/what-alleged-terrorist-looks-in...

 

dark pools of soros's picture

The guy is a Jew - what do you expect? He knows these laws aren't for him, it's just to control the barbaric goyims

If any Jews get raided they will sue for anti-whatever pansy crybaby laws they make up

kliguy38's picture

Obviously you can be found at Dunkin' Donuts when you are on break at your place of work....OR...you truly are a dupe........

EvlTheCat's picture

No, but ejecting citizens from their house, even if the situation may warrant a search under the emergency exception, calls into question if it's Constitutional.  Who is to say they will only perform a plain view inspection of the house?  And how can you prove if they seized something while you are not there?  Good luck with that.

yogibear's picture

Current day Gestapo. 

Janet Napolitano and Diane Fiestein will take joy when the DHS  goes house to house searching for weapons.

Ivanovich's picture

The Germans have always been revolting.  Now they're rebelling!

Croesus's picture

@ Ivanovich:

It's funny, we think the same thing about you dumbfuck Russians.

Ivanovich's picture

It was just a play on an old quote:  "The peasants are revolting".  Check to see if your sense of humor was uninstalled.

 

Oh, and I'm not Russian, nor do I care what you think of Russians!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Wait what? That lone pillar of productive peoples have unions?  did anyone tell the American politico?

williambanzai7's picture

Remember the Lufthansa heist...

knukles's picture

See.
There it is, happening right before our very eyes.

The Alternative Party in Deutschland. 
Tea Party and Ron Paul in the US
UKIP in Britain.
The list goes on and on.
Not that I agree or disagree with every platform or diagnostic for correcting the societal ills...

The point is that the People are Finally Standing Astride their Oppressive Mainstream Political Process and Shouting "STOP, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" 

TheGardener's picture

Letting off steam and back onto MSM for more convenient lies
to carry on regardless. Sheeple are nice company unless they
act in crowds.

asteroids's picture

These yoyo's want inflation, with that coms rising wages. But, that'll mean less profit for corporations. But, If their current profits are already imaginary then they'll have negative profits and rising wages at the same time. Ooops! Imagine what happens when, not if, this comes to the US. Boom!

Dr. Sandi's picture

Following Lufthansa's rejection of the flight crews' union demands for a 5.2% pay rise(which we should be assured is entirely non-inflationary)

Stop being an assclown, Tylers. That's MY job.

Of course it's immoral and destructive to ask for a pay rise that's smaller than the real rate of inflation, everyone here at Zero Hedge knows that. We must all shoulder the burden for funding mindless financial waste that comes from misallocated resources worldwide.

But maybe, just maybe, these satanic flight crews don't read Zero Hedge and want to try to maintain their standard of living. Those selfish bastards.

Of couse they will be shot down in the name of saving the airline. That goes without saying. It only makes sense that regular people with regular jobs MUST sacrifice the well-being of their families to help keep the ruptured financial system flying a few more months.

Motorhead's picture

Don't knock Lufthansa too much.  Even on short trips within Europe, they will not only serve you a Warsteiner beer for free, but also in its glass bottle.  Quite civilized, not like the beastly airlines in the U.S.  $6 for a can of shit, I mean, beer, on a U.S. flight?  Spare me.

Iwanttoknow's picture

You are correct.All our airlines suck.

Miss Expectations's picture

Hitler Finds Out Gun Control Failed in the Senate (Yes, that parody is back):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sbBZZyL7EJY

Dr. Sandi's picture

I wish they'd bury the original video wherever they're keeping Hitler.

PGR88's picture

You're telling me - they stink on ice!

Aegelis's picture

Doh, beat me to it. 

ebworthen's picture

Lufthansa will probably just raid the pension funds the way the U.S. airlines did.

When all else fails, steal.

jonjon831983's picture

"INVESTMENT BANKER

...'course the beauty of it is the overfunded pension fund. Gekko gets the 75 million in there. Fifty million buys him the minimum annuities for 6,000 employees and he walks away with the rest. All in, he'll net 60 to 70 million. Not bad for a month's work. (to Bud) Your man did his homework, Fox, you're gonna have the shortest executive career since the Pope who got poisoned...now he'll really start believing he's "Gekko the 

  Great.""

Advoc8tr's picture

Beggars CAN'T be choosers and you COULDN'T give a fuck about my pedantic semantics but I find it very curious that these kind of sayings are consistently used with the opposite verb to what makes sense ??

Minburi's picture

I fly Luthansa every month between Frankfurt and my job in Africa.  (I take a different airline to Frankfurt).  I think they are a well run airline and the workers probably deserve the raise.

I'm not against unions for people who have a real job and do real work. However, I am 100% against all public labor unions.

Just a few months ago, they had a flash strike and they cancelled hundreds of flights. I was scared that my flight home from Africa would be cancelled. The flight was a few hours late.  I guess they keep a few essential high profit flights even during the biggest emergencies.  (Lots of oil workers starting and ending monthly shifts in Africa)

Minburi's picture

I fly Luthansa every month between Frankfurt and my job in Africa.  (I take a different airline to Frankfurt).  I think they are a well run airline and the workers probably deserve the raise.

I'm not against unions for people who have a real job and do real work. However, I am 100% against all public labor unions.

Just a few months ago, they had a flash strike and they cancelled hundreds of flights. I was scared that my flight home from Africa would be cancelled. The flight was a few hours late.  I guess they keep a few essential high profit flights even during the biggest emergencies.  (Lots of oil workers starting and ending monthly shifts in Africa)