30 August 2012
BERLIN (Reuters) - German trade union UFO said it will start its strike over a pay dispute at airline Lufthansa (LHA.DE) on Friday and that the conflict could disrupt hundreds of flights.

The union which represents around two thirds of Lufthansa's 19,000 cabin crew, would not say which locations will be targeted or give the exact timing of strikes, saying only it would give six hours' notice.

"We do not want to give Lufthansa the opportunity to prepare for the strike by getting replacement crews ready," UFO head Nicoley Baublies told Reuters on Thursday.

Lufthansa has previously said it would seek to keep disruptions to a minimum by using cabin crew who were not part of the union or by drafting staff from other units.

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