Frankfurt/Munich After the warning strike by the ground staff with more than 1000 flight cancellations, Lufthansa wants to start again this Thursday. There are no scheduled flight cancellations, a company spokeswoman said the day before. The Verdi strike was officially not supposed to end until 6 a.m., but the union had already announced that it would no longer actively mobilize in the early hours of the morning. Lufthansa therefore wants to get the first wave of flights in the morning without cancellations if possible. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) called on the union and the airline to settle the wage dispute quickly.
Very busy days can be expected at the airports, as Baden-Württemberg has already started its summer holidays and Bavaria will follow at the weekend. Verdi had ruled out further industrial action before the next round of negotiations.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Lufthansa canceled more than 1,000 flights with 134,000 affected passengers at the Munich and Frankfurt hubs. Verdi had called around 20,000 ground staff on a warning strike in order to put pressure on the salary negotiations. The company has criticized the strike, which was called after just two rounds of negotiations, as disproportionate.
Meanwhile, Federal Transport Minister Wissing called on Verdi and Lufthansa to quickly resolve the wage war. “A responsible and quick negotiation is appropriate after air traffic already has enough problems to deal with,” said Wissing of the “Bild” (Thursday). However, he emphasized that the conflict had to be resolved “within the framework of collective bargaining autonomy”. “Both parties to the collective agreement should think of the travelers and not settle their dispute on their backs,” said the FDP politician.
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Union politicians campaigned for Wissing to be involved in the wage dispute. “Mister Minister, bring the collective bargaining parties to the negotiating table. Take your responsibility for German air traffic and make sure that people can finally fly on their well-deserved vacation after two years of travel restrictions,” said the deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Ulrich Lange, the “image” ( Thursday).
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