Did The Head Of Lufthansa’s Flight Attendants Union Demand €1mm Bribe To Agree To Job Cuts?

Germany’s Welt is reporting that the head of Lufthansa’s cabin crew union demanded “one million euros from Lufthansa” to agree to “job losses and reduced pay” for members as part of the airline’s restructuring and bailout.

Via Google translate,

In the struggle for the rescue of Lufthansa, the airline and the flight attendant union UFO are fighting over a demand by the managing director of the union, Nicoley Baublies. The latter is said to have personally claimed one million euros, otherwise he would not agree to a rescue package. WELT AM SONNTAG learned this from independent sources.

…Baublies’ approach has something blackmailing about it, it is said. “There has never been anything like this in collective bargaining in the past decades,” says a representative of the airline. “Mr. Baublies mixes personal issues with the legitimate interests of the union.”

Reportedly the sums were meant to cover personal “legal costs” and “intangible losses” related to a battle with the airline last year in which a Labor Court overturned the ability of the airline to fire the union head.

The union, for its part, denies these claims as it fights to minimize the thousands of jobs that are expected to be lost at Lufthansa.

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  1. You seem to have “bribe” on your mind a lot as of late.

    This LH thing about the union stinks of a smear campaign on behalf of LH’s management/shareholders.

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