Lufthansa Ground Staff to Strike at Major German Airports – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — The United Services Trade Union (ver.di) has called on Lufthansa (LH) ground staff to take part in an all-day warning strike on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 4:00 a.m. at the LH bases in Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Düsseldorf.

The strike follows the ongoing group-wide collective bargaining for the approximately 25,000 employees on the ground at Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services and other Group companies.

Mobile engine service. Photo: Lufthansa Technik

Inadequate Offer

According to the union, LH’s offer in the second round of negotiations on 23 January has been widely discussed in the companies recently and criticized as inadequate and divisive. Specifically, the eight zero months with no pay progression at the beginning, the low increments, the 36-month term, and completely unanswered demands are being criticized.

For example, the offer provides an average increase of less than 2% in the first year. In addition, employees outside Lufthansa Technik will receive a lower inflation adjustment bonus. As per, despite requests, LH was not prepared to improve its first and only offer to avoid industrial action.

Against this backdrop, ver.di, the second largest German trade union with around 1.9 million members, is now calling for an all-day warning strike to increase the pressure on employers to present a significantly improved offer in the next round of negotiations. The warning strikes will begin on Wednesday, February 7, at 4:00 am and end on Thursday, February 8, at 7:10 am.

Strike Action

As all ground staff from maintenance to passenger and aircraft handling will be called out on warning strike, there are likely to be major flight cancellations…

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