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After a warning strike: Lufthansa flies in normal operation again

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Status: 07/28/2022 10:16 a.m.

Almost all flights can take place: After the warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff, the airline has resumed normal operations. But now the pilots are planning to go out.

After the ground staff warning strike with more than 1000 flight cancellations, Lufthansa has resumed normal operations. Almost all the thefts are taking place, a company spokeswoman said.

Ver.di representative Marvin Reschinsky previously told the AFP news agency that the strike by Lufthansa ground staff had “since ended for six hours”. “Employees have resumed their work and flight operations can take place regularly,” Reschinsky said.

Busy days ahead

There were still a few flight cancellations at the Frankfurt hub in the morning. Longer lines of passengers have formed at identity checks and no longer at Lufthansa check-in counters.

Busy days are to be expected at airports as Baden-Württemberg has started its summer holidays and Bavaria will follow at the weekend.

More than 130,000 passengers affected by the strike

Amid the summer travel season, Lufthansa ground staff had largely brought the airline’s operations to a standstill with a strike. The airline has canceled almost all flights from the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, and Lufthansa’s connecting flights from the capital’s BER airport to Frankfurt and Munich have also been cancelled. Lufthansa said around 1,000 canceled flights and more than 130,000 passengers were affected.

The ver.di union had called around 20,000 ground workers to a warning strike to put pressure on wage negotiations. Lufthansa had criticized the walkout, which was called after two rounds of negotiations, as disproportionate.

Deadlocked collective bargaining

The second round of collective bargaining between Lufthansa and ver.di for around 20,000 ground workers has failed. The union is demanding 9.5% more wages and a minimum hourly wage of 13 euros for a period of twelve months.

Lufthansa presented an offer consisting of fixed amounts and a component dependent on business development for a period of 18 months. Negotiations are due to continue on August 3 and 4 in Frankfurt am Main.

ver.di has ruled out further industrial action before the next round of negotiations.

Union demands: Wissing should mediate

Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing called on the union and companies to quickly resolve the wage war. “Responsible and rapid negotiation is appropriate after air traffic already has enough problems to deal with,” the FDP politician told “Bild”. The dispute must be resolved within the framework of the autonomy of collective bargaining. “Both parties to the collective agreement must think of the travelers and not settle their dispute on their backs.”

The union campaigned for Wissing to get involved in the collective bargaining dispute. “Sir, bring the collective bargaining parties to the negotiating table. Take responsibility for German air traffic and ensure that people can finally fly on their well-deserved vacation after two years of travel restrictions,” said Deputy Chairman of the CDU/ CSU Parliamentary Group, Ulrich Lange, from the newspaper “Bild”.

Lufthansa pilots vote to strike

Meanwhile, the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has paved the way for a labor dispute. Voting ends on Sunday, Marcel Gröls, a member of the VC collective bargaining commission, told “Spiegel”. If the majority of pilots are in favor of it, that does not mean that there will be a strike right away. “But it’s a warning sign. And we’re not bluffing.”

If the airline management does not make a good offer in the ongoing collective bargaining, the airline’s cockpit staff have no choice but to go on strike. “We are ready to talk. But our patience is limited.”

The pilots’ union demands a 5.5% salary increase

The VC therefore asks for 5.5% more salary for the year 2022, then an automatic compensation for inflation. Additionally, pilots are pushing for a uniform fare structure. Instead of reducing complexity by reducing flight operations, as Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr was striving before the Corona crisis, two new ones were created. “We claim: only to circumvent collective agreements.

Senior management artificially separates the team instead of creating a powerful and uniform organization. “The goal should be to set the benchmark for the best pay and introduce other groups of employees,” says Gröls.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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