Germany: cabin crew union to strike at Lufthansa's Eurowings

A German union representing cabin crew says it plans to stage strikes at Lufthansa's budget offshoot Eurowings over the next two weeks in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The UFO union said Thursday that it made the decision after Eurowings management withdrew a proposal to go to arbitration. Senior UFO official Nicoley Baublies said that strikes could take place at any time in the two weeks starting Monday and that more precise information will be given "in sufficient time," which he didn't define.

UFO wants concessions on issues including pay, working conditions and pensions.

Lufthansa is trying to cut costs amid rising competition from Gulf state airlines and European budget carriers. The expanding Eurowings operation is an important element in its strategy.