A strike by Lufthansa ground staff has affected between 80% to 90% of the airline's scheduled flights on Wednesday in Germany. Airports affected were Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, and Düsseldorf.
The strike began at 4 am and is scheduled to last 27 hours between Wednesday and Thursday. Lufthansa plans to gradually resume flight operations in Frankfurt and Munich after the end of the ver.di strike on Thursday morning.
However, delays and cancellations may still occur even after the strike ends, with complete normalization of services by Friday.
According to Lufthansa, passengers affected by flight cancellations as a result of the strike are being informed by email or through the airline's app. In a statement, the airline has urged passengers to go to the airport only if their flight had not been canceled.
Due to the strike, the rebooking counters would also not be staffed. Lufthansa said that passengers can rebook flights that have been canceled due to the strike free of charge on lufthansa.com, in the customer app, or via the service centres.
In the case of domestic German flights, it is also possible to convert the ticket into a rail voucher at lufthansa.com.
Workers demand better wages
The 25,000 ground crew employees at Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo are demanding better pay. There is an impasse in negotiations between Ver.di Union (United Services Union) which called the strike and the Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS).
Ver.di wants a wage rise of 12.5% for staff, or at least €500 ($537) more per month over a 12-month period. It is also demanding a one-time payment of €3,000 to offset inflation.
The union argued that the sharp increases in food and energy prices are putting pressure on portfolios, especially in the lower-paid groups.
"Our goal remains to permanently compensate for the loss of employees' purchasing power," said ver.di negotiator Wolfgang Pieper.
Series of Travel Strikes in Germany
In the past few months, Germany has been hit by a series of strikes in the rail, air, and local transport sectors, leaving travelers and passengers frustrated.
At the beginning of January, a three-day strike by rail workers caused 80% of long-distance train journeys to be canceled. Among the demands of the protest was a reduction in the weekly workload from 38 hours to 35 hours, with no reduction in wages, which according to the union it would help attract new employees. The union had already held two other major strikes at the end of 2023.
At the end of January, the dispute between German train operator Deutsche Bahn and rail workers' union GDL entered a new stage with a strike that lasted five days.
Last Friday, ver.di has called on employees in local public transport throughout Germany, excluding Bavaria to take part in a warning strike lasting several hours.
The background to this, according to the Berlin Offical Website, is the ongoing collective bargaining for around 90,000 employees in local public transport in over 130 municipal companies.
In Berlin buses, streetcars, and the public transport company (BVG) metro trains were not running from 03 am to 10 am.
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3 weeks, 2 days ago by fjbottamedi
At least Lufthansa is doing something to no affect passengers...let's wait!
3 weeks, 2 days ago by Marinabraga
Let's hope this ends soon
3 weeks, 2 days ago by jornalista.ezequiel
I hope that they found as soon as possible a solution!
3 weeks, 2 days ago by Rafa
Oh wowwww 😱
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