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Lufthansa takes further strike action in pay dispute


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Lufthansa takes further strike action in pay dispute

Cabin crews of the German airline Lufthansa are taking industrial action again today at both Frankfurt and Berlin airports.

Union representatives said the strikes are to last up to eight hours, ending between one and two o’clock this afternoon.

Management have said there are no plans to improve a 3.5 per cent wage offer in exchange for longer working hours.

The union wants a 5 per cent pay hike and a restrictions on the use of temporary workers.

An earlier stoppage last Friday forced Lufthansa to cancel almost 200 flights which stranded 26,000 passengers and cost the company millions of euros.

Germany’s biggest airline is currently undergoing a 1.5 billion euro cost-cutting programme to combat rising fuel costs and competition from budget airlines and Gulf carriers.

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