Employees Strike, Lufthansa Cancels 1,000 Flights


As many as 134,000 Lufthansa passengers had to accept the fact that they were cancelled. The reason is that the employees of Germany’s largest airline went on strike.

Quoted from DW, Lufthansa workers are demanding a salary increase of up to 9.5 percent or at least 350 euros per month for some 20,000 Lufthansa workers. Unions say employees have to work extra because of staff shortages at the airport and they are also suffering from high inflation rates

Currently, Lufthansa is offering a salary increase of 150 euros per month for the rest of the year and another 100 euros from early 2023, plus a 2% increase from mid-2023. It depends on the company’s finances.

Passengers queue at check in counters at the international airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Lufthansa went for a 24-hours-strike on Wednesday, most of the Lufthansa flights had to be cancelled.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)The Lufthansa check-in counter is empty. (AP/Michael Probst)

However, the union rejected the offer and pointed to the inflation rate in Germany which had already reached 8.2% in June. Verdi and Lufthansa have held two rounds of wage negotiations so far. The next round is scheduled for August 3 and 4.

The labor union announced that a strike action would be launched starting yesterday, Wednesday (27/7/2022) and ending (28/7).

Lufthansa said the impact of the strike would still be felt until Friday until the flight schedule could gradually improve. The airline asked airplane passengers not to come to the airport because more than 1000 domestic and international flights were cancelled.

The striking workers added to the dire situation at German airports this summer. Before Lufthansa’s workers went on strike, the number of airport staff did not match the number of travelers. Especially at Frankfurt and Munich International Airports.

Staff shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in recent weeks have resulted in a chaotic situation at German airports. Airplane passengers have to wait for hours, many passengers end up missing the plane. The strike of Lufthansa employees exacerbated the situation and frustrated tourists.

Diego Lambiase, who was en route from Africa to Paris, was stranded at Frankfurt airport yesterday. The flight was cancelled.

“They said my flight would be rebooked tomorrow but no one was here when we arrived to say what we should do, where we should go, where we would sleep,” Diego told the news agency. Reuters.

“We were looking for a Lufthansa employee but when we asked we were told that it would be very difficult to find any Lufthansa officer today at the airport. So we didn’t know what to do,” he added.

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