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Lufthansa: call for strike on Wednesday, delays and cancellations expected - Business

Lufthansa: call for strike on Wednesday, delays and cancellations expected – Business

One of Lufthansa’s main unions on Monday called the company’s ground staff to a strike on Wednesday in the context of a dispute over wages, announcing “delays and cancellations” in an already tense period for European aviation.

The Verdi union has issued a strike call for the period from 03:45 a.m. (01:45 GMT) Wednesday to 06:00 a.m. Thursday (0400 GMT) “to increase the pressure” on management as it demands a 9, 5% of wages, according to a press release.

The leading European air transport group has not detailed at this stage the impact for passengers, at a time when travelers are already faced with long waits at airports and series cancellations of flights, due to a lack of staff.

Lufthansa has already canceled some 6,000 flights this summer. while the first German airport, in Frankfurt, intends to lighten the schedule to “further stabilize air operations”, which are severely disrupted for holiday departures.

The strike on Wednesday will concern ground employees, particularly in maintenance, but also operators of aircraft towing vehicles, essential to the proper functioning of the airport.

“There will be many cancellations and delays”announced Verdi.

“The situation at the airports is degenerating and the employees are increasingly under pressure and overloaded due to a major lack of staff, high inflation and the absence of a raise for three years”, notes Christine Behle, manager at Verdi.

Since the lifting of health restrictions at the start of the year, airlines and airports have struggled to meet the sharply rising demand after two years of sluggish traffic during which the sector has lost many employees.

More 7,000 employees are currently missing in the German airline sectoraccording to a study by the economic institute IW published at the end of June.

“Many of these employees have sought work in other branches” and “now they lack to meet the increase in demand”, explained the economists.

The Verdi union has issued a strike call for the period from 03:45 a.m. (01:45 GMT) Wednesday to 06:00 a.m. Thursday (0400 GMT) “to increase the pressure” on management as it demands a 9, 5% of wages, according to a press release. The first European air transport group has not detailed at this stage the impact for passengers, at a time when travelers are already facing long waits at airports and cancellations of flights in series, due to a lack of personnel. Lufthansa has thus already canceled some 6,000 flights this summer while the first German airport, in Frankfurt, intends to lighten the schedule to “further stabilize air operations”, severely disrupted for departures on vacation. The strike on Wednesday will concern ground employees, particularly in maintenance, but also operators of aircraft towing vehicles, essential to the proper functioning of the airport. “There will be many cancellations and delays,” Verdi announced. “The situation at airports is degenerating and employees are increasingly under pressure and overloaded due to severe understaffing, high inflation and the lack of pay rises. for three years”, notes Christine Behle, manager at Verdi. Since the lifting of health restrictions at the start of the year, airlines and airports have been struggling to meet the sharp increase in demand after two years of lost many employees. More than 7,000 employees are currently missing in the German airline sector, according to a study by the economic institute IW published at the end of June. “Many of these employees have sought work in other branches” and “now they are missing to meet the increase in demand”, explained the economists.

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