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Ground staff strike: At least 80 percent of Lufthansa flights are canceled

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Ground staff strike: At least 80 percent of Lufthansa flights are canceled

Lufthansa wants to offer 10 to 20 percent of its planned flight connections during the planned warning strike by its ground staff. The 100 to 200 possible connections include both intercontinental and continental flights, said an airline spokesman.

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The Lufthansa locations in Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Düsseldorf will be on strike between Wednesday at 4 a.m. and Thursday at 7:10 a.m. “We assume that 80, 90 percent of the Lufthansa program and that of its subsidiaries will be discontinued,” said a spokesman for the Ver.di union. Around 400 Lufthansa flights are planned for Wednesday in Munich alone. In total, Lufthansa expects more than 100,000 passengers to be affected.

The background to the strike call is the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations across the company for the approximately 25,000 employees on the ground. Lufthansa criticized Ver.di for its actions. “Even before the actual negotiations begin, the length and extent of the strike are completely incomprehensible,” the company said.

Ver.di wants 12.5 percent more salaries for ground staff

Human resources director Michael Niggemann called the burden on passengers and employees caused by the strike “disproportionate.” The employer side has already submitted a concrete offer, which includes, among other things, further increases in remuneration and additional benefits totaling over 13 percent over the next three years as well as an inflation compensation bonus, he said.

Ver.di, on the other hand, speaks of inadequate offers from employers so far. The union is demanding 12.5 percent more salary for ground staff, which would correspond to at least 500 euros per month. The term is twelve months. The next round of negotiations will take place on February 12th in Frankfurt am Main.

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Threat of longer strikes

“This strike would be unnecessary if Lufthansa were to grant ground employees the same increases as other employee groups in the company,” said negotiator Marvin Reschinsky. Better working conditions for the staff are also necessary to provide better service to passengers. “If Lufthansa doesn’t realize this after this first warning strike, then the employees are prepared to go on longer strikes.”

Recently, the pilots of the Lufthansa subsidiary Discover Airlines also stopped work. According to Lufthansa, only employees of Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services and Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services are taking part in the strike on Wednesday. According to the company, the strike could also have an impact on customers of other group companies: In Munich and Frankfurt in particular, striking Lufthansa counter staff could also not be available to customers of Swiss or Austrian, for example.

Lufthansa wants to offer 10 to 20 percent of its planned flight connections during the planned warning strike by its ground staff. The 100 to 200 possible connections include both intercontinental and continental flights, said an airline spokesman.

The Lufthansa locations in Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Düsseldorf will be on strike between Wednesday at 4 a.m. and Thursday at 7:10 a.m. “We assume that 80, 90 percent of the Lufthansa program and that of its subsidiaries will be discontinued,” said a spokesman for the Ver.di union. Around 400 Lufthansa flights are planned for Wednesday in Munich alone. In total, Lufthansa expects more than 100,000 passengers to be affected.

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