After the day of the strike: Lufthansa expects normal flight operations soon

At Munich airport, the warning strike of Lufthansa ground staff did not cause much chaos. The main reason is that most of today’s flights were canceled yesterday. This means that hardly any of the passengers affected by the canceled flight arrived at the airport. Lufthansa informed its customers in advance.

Announcements at the airport announced a warning strike

At the airport itself, there were messages that passengers of canceled flights were informed about alternative bookings at check-in machines. Travelers who came to Munich only for a transfer and wanted to use a domestic connection from Germany were informed by an announcement that they were to continue their journey by train.

More than 40,000 passengers affected by an emergency strike in Munich alone

Altogether, this concerns about 330 connections – with over 40,000 passengers. In addition to Lufthansa, this also applies to Swiss, Austria, Brussels and Air Dolomiti. In addition, machines from Croatia, United, Air Canada or Polish LOT could not take off. However, several Lufthansa planes take off. For example, yesterday evening, Verdi and Lufthansa concluded an agreement on emergency services: that is why organ transports, for example, are starting. At smaller airports, connections to Munich and Frankfurt were mainly abandoned.

Employees of other airlines that normally operate in Terminal 1 are not taking part in the warning strike. This also includes Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa. Air operations also take place normally there.

Verdi defends a warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff

Verdi is defending a 26-hour warning strike in the middle of the main holiday season. This is necessary to increase the pressure on Lufthansa, says Dennis Dacke of the Verdi federal management. Lufthansa, which claims to be a premium airline, cannot pay its employees wages like a low-cost airline. “It just doesn’t fit together.” Here, Lufthansa has to reconsider whether employees are the company’s capital. “Employees keep the store running. During the Corona, employees gave up part of their salary and pay structure. ” Now it’s time to give something back. Lufthansa has a social responsibility and a duty of care.

The warning strike at Munich airport will last until 6 am tomorrow. Despite the dissatisfaction and poor wages, many Lufthansa employees work the hourly and then go on strike in order not to leave passengers hanging. This is what is special about Munich airport, according to Verdi representative Dennis Dacke.

A similar situation at the airport in Frankfurt

Frankfurt airport was also largely quiet as passengers had been informed in advance that 725 flights had been canceled. Nevertheless, after the morning emptiness, long lines, mostly from foreign customers, formed in front of the poorly staffed counters. “It is largely calm and manageable,” said a Lufthansa spokeswoman. Although there are “a few” passengers at the booking rebooking counters. However, many travelers followed Lufthansa’s call and did not show up at the airports.

Normal operations at Lufthansa again from Thursday

A spokeswoman for the group stressed that Lufthansa expected air operations to normalize very quickly after tomorrow’s strike. The planned flight program is likely to be launched again on Thursday.

As this continues, it is still open. Because the relationship is bad. During the negotiations, the group “did not show a fundamental willingness to accept us” and now has to live with the consequences. He associates his hopes with the continuation of the negotiations on August 3 and 4 in Frankfurt am Main. “If the offer is right, there is nothing to prevent a deal from being concluded at this point,” said Dacke.

Collective bargaining with Lufthansa

The second round of collective bargaining between Lufthansa and Verdi for some 20,000 ground workers was unsuccessful. The union demands 9.5 percent more wages and a minimum hourly wage of € 13 over a twelve-month period. Lufthansa submitted an offer consisting of fixed amounts and a business development component for a period of 18 months.

According to the company, this represents an increase of nine to eleven percent over the next twelve months for employees with a basic monthly salary of EUR 3,000 gross, with a basic salary of EUR 4,000 gross per month, an increase of 8.4 percent and EUR 6,500 by 5.9 percent. Verdi’s negotiator Christine Behle described it as “nicely calculated.”

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