Lufthansa’s 50,000 plus ground staff and cabin crew have voted to go on indefinite strike from Monday over their pay claim. Germany’s Verdi trade union said almost 91% of their members at the airline had voted for industrial action and the mood among the staff was “explosive.”
The union promised “major disruptions” at the height of the summer holiday season. Verdi negotiator Erhard Ott said: “That we have to launch a strike during the holiday period is not ideal. I’m grateful to the passengers for their understanding. We will try to end this dispute as soon as possible.”
To make it more difficult for management to respond, the union says not all workers will strike at the same time. Verdi wants a 9.8% pay raise over a year while Lufthansa has offered 6.7% over 21 months. Talks ended when the airline said it could not raise its offer in the face of “explosively high” fuel costs.