Ver.di Calls for Additional Strikes Against Lufthansa

By Jesse Sokolow on 19 April 2013
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Lufthansa's Boeing 747-8 jumbo jet

Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 jumbo jet

The labor union that represents Lufthansa’s ground staff called for strikes at major airports across Germany for the coming week.   The move by ver.di, one of the world’s largest with 2.1 million members, follows a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions at the airline.

The latest call for strikes followed inconclusive pay talks earlier this week, which are set to resume at the end of this month.   Since the union hasn’t released details, Lufthansa has yet to determine the number of flights it will have to cancel.

The airline is also examining possible legal recourse against the union and the job actions, although it didnot provide any details. Ver. di says that the impacted airports will include Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, and Norderstedt.

Ver. di is demanding a 5.2% salary increase over a year for the airline’s 33,000 ground staff.

Last year, strikes by Lufthansa employees and workers cost the carrier $43 million (33 million euros).  The airline had to cancel about 700 flights last month due to a one-day warning strike by its ground staff.

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