Lufthansa scraps almost all Frankfurt & Munich flights on July 27 due to strike
Trade union Verdi has called on ground staff employed by Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA), around 20,000 people, to hold a full-day walkout as a “warning” in ongoing pay talks, running from 03:45 on July 27 until 06:00 on July 28.
The strike adds to ongoing travel disruption across Europe, which has seen a raft of flight cancellations and delays with the aviation industry struggling to rehire staff to meet travel demand following the pandemic. In addition, some groups of workers are now turning to strikes to push demand for higher pay amidst the tight labor market.
“The early escalation of a previously constructive collective bargaining round is causing enormous damage,” said Michael Niggemann, Chief Human Resources Officer at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “It affects our passengers in particular, who are impacted during the peak travel season. And it is putting an additional heavy strain on our employees in an already difficult phase for air traffic.”
The union has called for all staff to receive a pay increase of at least 350 euros per month. Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has offered an increase of 250 euro per month, to be awarded in two stages, plus a percentage increase linked to company performance.
“Those left working in ground and security after two years of massive job cuts due to the pandemic are doing their best to keep flights running,” Verdi explained. “But they are running out of steam, mainly because their employer is not doing anything to improve their situation.”
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