Lufthansa ground staff are planning a strike from 3.45 a.m. on Wednesday to 6 a.m. on Thursday local time.
The union representing 20,000 Lufthansa ground staff are demanding higher wages.
The strike will hit airports in Germany including Frankfurt and Berlin, adding to travel chaos.
The walkout will start at 3.45 a.m. on Wednesday and end at 6 a.m. on Thursday local time, the United Services Union, or ver.di, said in a statement on Monday. Industrial action will affect major hubs in Germany including Frankfurt, Berlin, and Dusseldorf.
As the union’s members include Lufthansa maintenance staff and those operating vehicles that push aircraft into appropriate positions, “there will be major flight cancellations and delays to come,” ver.di warned in the statement.
Ver.di last month demanded a 9.5% pay increase, or at least 350 euros ($358) more each month over 12 months for members. “The situation at the airports is escalating; the overburdening of employees due to a significant shortage of staff, high inflation, and a three-year wage cut would put the employees under increasing pressure,” said the union.
Lufthansa, Europe’s second largest airline behind low-cost carrier Ryanair, offered an increase of €150 each month for the rest of 2022 and another €100 more from the start of 2023. Employees would then receive another a 2% increase from mid-2023, depending on the airline’s performance.
Ver.di rejected the offer, saying it wasn’t enough to offset Germany’s skyrocketing inflation, which hit 8.2% in June. “They urgently need more money