A strike by ground staff and cabin crew at Germany’s national airline, Lufthansa, has done little to disrupt operations, according to the carrier.
Members of the giant Ver.di union voted overwhelmingly for a stoppage over pay.
They have begun by focusing on the country’s biggest airport in Frankfurt, and the hub in Hamburg in the north of the country.
It’s the first unlimited strike at Lufthansa since 1994. The action is hitting all areas, including catering, cargo, maintenance and repair.
Union spokesman Frank Hartstein warned that the effects of the stoppage will grow. “We will increase the impact slowly. Lufthansa has to see that workers have a legitimate concern,” he said.
Workers are demanding a 9.8 per cent pay rise for the year. The airline has offered 6.7 per cent over 21 months plus a lump sum.
Several German unions are seeking big pay settlements after years of wage restraint.