Lufthansa ground workers are scheduled to go on an all-day
“warning strike” on July 27—from 3:45 a.m. until 6 a.m. July 28—the labor union
Ver.di announced Monday. The strike is to affect “all Lufthansa locations,”
including Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, and will result
in “major flight cancellations and delays.”
The German carrier and the union, which represents about
20,000 Lufthansa employees, have been in negotiations over a 9.5 percent pay
increase and other demands by Ver.di. The second round of negotiations took
place July 13, where Lufthansa submitted an offer that union members
“criticized as insufficient.”
The carrier responded to the warning strike as “unreasonable
for customers and employees,” and that it could hardly be considered a warning strike
“due to its breadth across all locations and its duration,” said Lufthansa
chief human resources officer Michael Niggemann in a statement.
The next round of negotiations is scheduled for Aug. 3-4 in
Meanwhile, the check-in and ground staff employed by British
Airways at London’s Heathrow airport have accepted new pay deals, thus ending
the potential for “industrial action,” which previously had been voted for by
the two unions representing those workers.
Employees who are members of the Unite union agreed to a 13
percent pay increase, to be paid in stages, Unite announced Friday. GMB union
workers will receive a consolidated pay raise of 8 percent, a bonus and the
reinstatement of shift pay, according
to a Reuters report.
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