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Germany Lufthansa strike continues to keep planes grounded

SIX-HUNDRED flights were grounded across Germany today as a strike by Lufthansa workers demanding higher pay and job security continued for a second day.

The disruption followed the cancellation of 700 flights on Thursday due to a dispute in which the UFO union has considerable public support.

A passenger whose flight was cancelled at Munich airport told reporters that the 48-hour duration of the stoppage was “a long time” but that “it’s good there are still trade unions defending something.”

The union says talks have stalled over its pay demand as well as its call for an easier route for temporary workers to become permanent employees.

UFO is also furious that the company has used an internal union leadership dispute to claim that it can no longer recognise UFO’s right to negotiate.

But the union accepted an offer from Lufthansa’s chief executive of talks over the weekend, saying it would not curtail the action but would refrain from extending it.

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