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Verdi calls on Lufthansa ground staff to go on strike: That’s how long the strike will last

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Verdi calls on Lufthansa ground staff to go on strike: That’s how long the strike will last

Verdi is calling on all Lufthansa ground staff to go on a warning strike on Thursday and Friday. Areas close to passengers are affected. picture alliance / SvenSimon | Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON

Verdi is calling on all Lufthansa ground staff to go on a warning strike on Thursday and Friday.

The strike affects areas close to passengers and follows two previous waves of warning strikes.

Verdi is demanding 12.5 percent more money and an inflation compensation bonus, while Lufthansa is offering ten percent higher salaries for a term of 28 months.

The strikes by ground staff at Lufthansa continue. After freight and technology were affected in the last round of strikes, passengers are now once again affected by the effects.

The Verdi union has called on all ground staff to go on strike on Thursday and Friday of this week. This will begin in passenger areas on Thursday at 4:00 a.m. and end on Saturday at 7:10 a.m. There had already been two waves of strikes for around 25,000 ground workers as part of the collective bargaining dispute, each of which affected passenger traffic for around a day.

Lufthansa is outraged by the strike announcement

Last week, Verdi went on strike in parts of Lufthansa’s technology and cargo handling operations in order to achieve an improved offer from the company. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for March 13th and 14th. Verdi has stated that it would only be willing to hold further discussions if the company made an improved offer.

According to Verdi, employees who are responsible for loading planes at Lufthansa Cargo or are responsible for handling freight went on strike on Saturday. A spokeswoman for Lufthansa explained that, for example, there had been stops accepting special cargo due to the strike. Efforts are now being made to clear the backlog as quickly as possible.

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Lufthansa has expressed outrage at the continued strikes and particularly criticized Verdi’s preconditions for returning to the negotiating table. The group has therefore questioned the collective bargaining as a whole.

Verdi negotiator Marvin Reschinsky regretted the impact on passengers in a statement: “In the past few days we have deliberately skipped passenger traffic with our strikes. However, by ignoring our request to negotiate, Lufthansa is telling us that it will only move if the pressure continues to increase. Solutions and reliability are urgently needed for passengers. The employees and we are ready to make this happen with a serious offer.”

Verdi demanded a salary increase of 12.5 percent and an inflation compensation bonus for a period of one year. Lufthansa has so far offered a salary increase of ten percent for a period of 28 months.

AA/dpa

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