German union announces accord with Lufthansa

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The German services trade union Verdi said Wednesday it has reached a framework agreement with the leading German airline Lufthansa that covers flight crews and ground personnel.

Verdi sought profit-sharing measures and partial retirement for some 50,000 workers at Lufthansa and its subsidiaries, along with a limit to the use of contract workers, a statement said.

A final deal was expected to be signed by both sides by July 28, it added.

In February, a walk-out by pilots cost Lufthansa 48 million euros (60 million dollars).

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