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Travel Alert July 27 2022: Lufthansa Ground Staff Strike

Strike to strike the strike?

The operations of Lufthansa Group is expected to be substantially disrupted by a strike of approximately 20,000 members of its ground staff starting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 3:45 in the morning through 6:00 in the morning on Thursday, July 28, 2022, which has already led to hundreds of cancellations and delays of flights — and thus directly affecting as many as 134,000 passengers.

Travel Alert July 27 2022: Lufthansa Ground Staff Strike

This notice is currently displayed at the official Internet web site of Lufthansa at the time this article was written:

The union ver.di has called on Lufthansa ground staff throughout Germany to take part in a one-day warning strike. For this reason, there will be major restrictions in the Lufthansa flight schedule on Wednesday, 27 July.

On Tuesday, 26 July, Lufthansa will publish the cancellations in the system and try to find a solution for affected passengers. If you have left your mobile contact in your booking, Lufthansa will contact them in case of cancellation and rebooking.

It is currently the peak travel season. Therefore, it may take longer until Lufthansa can offer you an adequate rebooking solution. If you have not received any notification from Lufthansa within 18 hours of the cancellation message, please check the current status of your booking yourself online at www.lufthansa.com. You can also adjust your rebooking there if necessary. There you will also have the opportunity to adjust your rebooking if necessary. Please also constantly check the status of your flight on lufthansa.com.

The following information was translated from the official Internet web site of Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft — which is German for United Services Trade Union and is abbreviated as ver.di — using Google Translate:

Berlin, 07/25/2022 — The situation at the airports in Germany is currently unbearable on many days — for employees and passengers. But employees are not responsible for the long waiting times, cancelled or missed flights and missing luggage. On the contrary, the ground traffic services and security forces remaining after two years of pandemic, including massive job cuts, do their best every day to maintain air traffic. But the employees are running out of air. Especially because their employers do little to improve their situation. In the ongoing collective bargaining with Lufthansa, ver.di therefore calls Lufthansa ground employees on Wednesday, the 27th. July 2022, to an all-day warning strike at all Lufthansa locations (Frankfurt/Main, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and others). The warning strike begins on Wednesday from 3:45 a.m. and ends Thursday morning, the 28th. July, at 6 a.m.

ver.di is currently negotiating for the approximately 20,000 employees at Lufthansa AG Boden, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Service Gesellschaft (LSG) as well as LEOS (Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services GmbH). In the second round of negotiations on the 13th. In July, employers had submitted an offer that has been discussed among the affected ver.di members in recent days and criticized as insufficient. With the warning strike, they now want to increase the pressure on employers to present a significantly improved, concluable offer in the next round of negotiations.

Since all ground workers, including Lufthansa technology responsible for maintenance and LEOS employees, who use pushback vehicles to ensure that the aircraft are pushed back to the appropriate positions, are called upon to strike, there will be major flight cancellations and delays. Deputy ver.di chairman Christine Behle, who is also negotiator, asks passengers for understanding and points out the extremely problematic situation of employees, which was mainly caused by mismanagement. ver.di therefore informs at an early stage about the upcoming warning strike so that passengers can adapt to it and possibly reorient themselves. ver.di has specially set up a page for the passengers.

Additional information and updates can be found at the aforementioned Internet web sites for Lufthansa and for Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft.

Final Boarding Call

If your travel plans on Wednesday, July 28, 2022 have been — or will be — affected by the impending strike, you should have received alternate plans from Lufthansa. If you did not receive alternate plans from Lufthansa, the airline offers this information:

After a rebooking, Lufthansa can only actively notify you if you have provided your contact details. If you have not received an alternative flight, please enquire via the self-service booking page My Bookings. Please only contact a Call Centre if you cannot find an alternative there either. Please also avoid travelling to the airport. Due to the strike, only a few or no service counters are open there. It is therefore highly unlikely that you will be offered an immediate alternative there either. If a domestic Lufthansa flight is cancelled, you can exchange your ticket into a Deutsche Bahn ticket free of charge. The exception here is travel if you also have a cancelled international connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich. Please remember to make a reservation, which you can do via the Deutsche Bahn site. You can submit costs to Lufthansa afterwards.

Hopefully, your travel plans will be affected as minimally as possible…

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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