Strike-hit Lufthansa to recruit cabin crew directly at Berlin

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Lufthansa Group is attempting to pacify its main flight attendant union by offering permanent employment to external cabin crew working on services in Berlin.

Flight attendants recruited through the AviationPower agency will be offered positions within the group next year, says Lufthansa.

The German flag-carrier is under pressure as the result of a dispute with cabin crew union UFO which has intensified industrial action, forcing Lufthansa to cancel dozens of flights on 7 September after the union called a 24-hour strike.

"Without preconditions and for a foreseeable timeframe Lufthansa is going to resign from deploying external cabin crews in Berlin," says Lufthansa chief Christoph Franz. "With this decision we are taking a big step towards our social partners.

"We hope that this step will help the trade union UFO, within the scope of constructive talks together with us, to tread a path leading to a sustainable and competitive wage structure for our cabin staff."

Lufthansa board member Carsten Spohr says: "With this offer our cabin staff has safe and good future prospects within the Group."