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29 March 2012 09:52
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights were cancelled following a strike by ground staff
Passengers planning to travel from German airports have been reminded of the importance of
travel insurance after a strike by ground staff led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
Lufthansa cancelled more than 400 flights, most of them at Frankfurt Airport. But travellers in Munich, Cologne-Bonn, Hannover, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf were also affected.
The strikes came ahead of pay negotiations between public sector employees and employers later this week, with service workers' union Verdi demanding a pay rise of 6.5%.
Employers had offered a pay rise of 3.3% over two years but the union rejected the deal. A new round of talks is due to begin on Wednesday.
Frank Bsirske, head of Verdi, said the strikes should be seen as a warning.
He said: "It can't continue like this, that we are always struggling with the prices for rent, for petrol and for food and have less money in our pockets than the previous year."
Martin Rothwell, Senior Partner World First Travel Insurance, says:
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