(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 12, 2020 an employee of German airline Lufthansa wears a face protection mask at a boarding counter of the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, amid the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - German national carrier Lufthansa said on July 13, 2022 it was scrapping another 2,000 flights this summer because of staff shortages, adding to a chaotic travel season as the industry attempts to bounce back from the pandemic. The cancellations between now and the end of August will affect Lufthansa's hubs in Munich and Frankfurt, a company spokesman told AFP. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Next Wednesday (July 27), Lufthansa passengers will have to prepare for increased flight cancellations and delays. In the ongoing wage negotiations for around 20,000 ground staff, the Verdi union has called for a one-day warning strike.

According to the information, the warning strike will begin at 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning and will end at 6 a.m. on Thursday. Ground staff include technicians and logisticians, without whose services the aircraft cannot take off.

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Verdi had rejected an initial tariff offer from Lufthansa, but agreed to continue negotiations for August 3rd and 4th. According to union information, the company had offered fixed amounts and a result-related component for a period of 18 months during the negotiations.

The union, on the other hand, is demanding 9.5 percent more money in the wage tables for a 12-month term. With a term of 12 months, the lower wage groups should particularly benefit. The salary increase must be at least 350 euros and, in addition, all hourly wages should differ significantly from the statutory minimum wage, which will rise to 12 euros an hour in October.

In view of the overwork, the high inflation and a wage cut for three years, significant wage increases are justified, said the negotiator Christine Behle. She is Verdi Vice Chair and also Deputy Chair of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board.