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Lufthansa Ground Service to Strike at 7 Airports

Ground service employees of Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, have initiated another warning strike. On Monday evening, the carrier had already canceled several flights at its main hub in Frankfurt.

As stated by Marvin Reschinsky, a representative of the German service sector union Verdi, the warning strike involves Lufthansa employees working in technology, logistics, cargo transportation, and information technology. Ground personnel at airports in Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, and Stuttgart started the strike at 04:00 local time on February 20, and it will conclude the next day at 07:10.

The airline plans to operate between 10% and 20% of the approximately 1,000 scheduled flights on Tuesday. It is expected that the plans of around 100,000 passengers will be disrupted.

Verdi has called for the strike, demanding a 12.5% salary increase for ground personnel and a minimum of 500 euros per month for one year from Lufthansa. The airline had previously proposed a 10% salary increase over the next 12 months, which was not accepted by Verdi.

In early February, a strike by Lufthansa employees paralyzed operations at Frankfurt and Munich airports, leading to the cancellation of about 900 flights. Approximately 100,000 passengers had to adjust their plans due to the strike.

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