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Lufthansa workers to strike next week

Friday - 4/19/2013, 8:10am  ET

BERLIN (AP) -- The union representing 33,000 workers at Lufthansa AG says it will stage a short-term strike next week after the latest round of wage negotiations ended with no new deal.

Ver.di union said in a statement Friday that airports across the country, including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne will be affected by the one-day strike Monday.

Lufthansa says it will have to cancel flights but had not yet worked out a new flight plan with specifics.

Lufthansa on Wednesday rejected the union's demand for wage increases of 5.2 percent over the next year and job guarantees.

Short-term warning strikes are a common tactic by German unions to raise pressure on employers during wage negotiations. The next round of talks is scheduled for April 29.


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