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Lufthansa cabin crew strike grounds flights

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Lufthansa cabin crew strike grounds flights


There is further travel misery for Lufthansa passengers today, as cabin crew take part in a 24-hour national walkout.

It is the third strike in a week by members of the UFO union and has forced Germany’s biggest airline to cancel hundreds of flights.

All of the country’s main airports are affected, including Frankfurt and Berlin.

It is upping the stakes in a row over pay and conditions that threatens to drag on for weeks and cost Lufthansa tens of millions of euros.

The union, which represents about two-thirds of the company’s 19,000 flight attendants, wants a five per cent wage hike after three years of freezes. It is also calling for guarantees against outsourcing and the use of temporary workers.

Lufthansa, which is slashing costs, has offered to pay an increase of 3.5 percent in exchange for longer hours.

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