- by GI Magazine
- Sep 15, 2022
BERLIN, July 25 (Reuters) - : On Wednesday, ground personnel at Deutsche Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) will strike for one day in demand of a 9.5 percent salary. Holidaymakers eager to fly following COVID-19-related lockdowns have already been frustrated by strikes and personnel shortages, which have prompted airlines like Lufthansa to postpone thousands of flights, and led to hours-long waits at major airports.
According to the labor union Verdi, this Wednesday's strike by employees at Lufthansa's ground operations may cause further cancellations and delays. He says since it involves personnel responsible for crucial tasks including airplane maintenance and moving planes away from boarding gates they can take off. According to Lufthansa, the walkout was "incomprehensible" and would continue to be difficult for employees and customers.
German airports engaging Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, and Berlin will be affected by the strike, lasting from 3.45 am (0145 GMT) on Wednesday until 6 am (0400 GMT) on Thursday. Verdi sought a 9.5 percent salary increase—or at least 350 euros ($368) more per month for 12 months—from its roughly 20,000 employees last month. The company claims that these employees are being squeezed by inflation and have been overworked as a result of staffing shortages at airports.
Reuters claimed that for the remainder of this year, Lufthansa promised a raise of 150 euros per month, followed by another 100 euros at the beginning of 2023 and a 2 percent increase based on the company's financial performance from mid-2023. Verdi turned down the offer, claiming it wasn't enough to counteract the country's skyrocketing inflation, which reached 8.2% in June. In a statement released on Monday, Verdi deputy leader Christine Behle stated that the employees "urgently need more money and they need relief - for themselves and the passengers." There have already been two rounds of pay discussions between Verdi and Lufthansa. The third will take place on August 3 and 4.