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Lufthansa hit by strike

A strike at Lufthansa that began at midnight is expected to have a growing impact on flights despite the German airline reporting few services affected this morning.

Ground staff and cabin crew in German public-sector union Verdi planned to strike over pay following a 91% ballot vote in favour. They are demanding a 9.8% pay increase when Lufthansa has offered 6.7% spread over almost two years.

Airline bosses were hoping many staff would work as normal. However, strikes in Germany often begin with a restricted stoppage in what is known as a “warning strike”.

Verdi represents more than 50,000 airline and airport workers in Germany, where wages have fallen behind inflation for the past 10 years.

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