Lufthansa staff strike to add to airline woe

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A strike by Lufthansa ground and cabin crew looks set to reduce many of Germany's busiest airports to a skeleton service from Monday

Berlin -- Air travellers in Germany face severe disruption Monday after employees working for the country's top carrier Lufthansa voted on Friday to strike.

The giant Verdi union representing Lufthansa's ground and cabin crew said 90.7 per cent supported the planned industrial action in support of a 9.8-per-cent pay increase.

Lufthansa has offered the 50,000 employees a 6.7-per-cent rise over a 21-month period and a one-off payment.

Monday's strike by Lufthansa comes in the middle of the German summer vacation season and follows a walkout on Thursday by pilots which hit services provided by the airline's budget carrier Eurowings and its smaller operator CityLine, which focuses on intercity business travel.

The industrial action also coincides with increasing pressure on global airlines which are facing high fuel bills just as the world economy slows.


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