Flying to Germany? Lufthansa Goes Back on Strike

No strikes: Lufthansa and pilots’ union reach agreement
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Traveling to and from or through Germany by air and rail remains similar to playing roulette. This week many members of the Lufthansa group will stop working on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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More than 100,00 passengers will have to deal with canceled flights all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning again. It may not only affect Lufthansa but also its affiliated or Star Alliance partner airlines since the strike includes ground services at airports including Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, and Stuttgart.

The service union Ver.di has once again called on Lufthansa ground staff to go on strike. The union announced that employees should stop work from 4 a.m. on Tuesday to 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Regarding the further warning strike, Lufthansa Human Resources Director Michael Niggemann said that it would once again place a disproportionate burden on both passengers and employees.

“This is not the way to fulfill our shared responsibility for our employees, for our guests, for a strong and reliable Lufthansa,” he said. According to media reports, the airline is currently working on a special flight plan that will be published shortly.

Lufthansa improved its offer in the tariff dispute last week. According to the company, it will provide ten percent more money in the next twelve months. The union is demanding 12.5 percent more salary and at least 500 euros per month for a term of twelve months for the 25,000 Lufthansa employees on the ground.

There is also a dispute about inflation compensation premiums and various surcharges. The collective bargaining parties want to continue negotiations on Wednesday.

With trains, local transportation, and air services randomly on strike, the situation is far from resolved as announced in April 2023 that a compromise was reached and no one should expect any more strikes.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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