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Flight disruption expectetd as ground staff goes on strike in Germany

05:48 PM | 4 Mar, 2024
Flight disruption expectetd as ground staff goes on strike in Germany

BERLIN - Germany's aviation landscape faces disruption once again as the influential Verdi union has called for a fresh round of strikes among Lufthansa ground staff, intensifying pressure on the airline ahead of forthcoming negotiations.

The strike is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8th and is anticipated to impact passenger services, with a duration from 4 a.m. Thursday to 7:10 a.m. Saturday.

Verdi, representing approximately 25,000 employees, demands substantial pay raises, seeking a 12% increase or a minimum of €500 per month. Despite the airline's purportedly robust financial performance, the union accuses Lufthansa of insufficient responses to these demands.

Verdi asserts that strikes are necessary to compel Lufthansa's engagement in response to what it perceives as managerial indifference. Past disruptions, notably on February 20 and 28, resulted in significant flight cancellations, affecting around 100,000 passengers and paralyzing commercial operations.

On the other hand, Lufthansa contends that Verdi's demands are unreasonable, citing an offered 10% salary increase over 28 months. However, the union insists on 12.5% plus inflation compensation for a one-year term.

These strikes compound a series of labor actions across Germany, including in the transportation, civil service, and retail sectors. Workers seek relief from inflationary pressures intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the standoff between Verdi and Lufthansa persists, the broader economic implications loom large. Scheduled for March 13 and 14, the upcoming negotiations mark the fifth round of discussions amidst the ongoing dispute. Verdi has made clear its stance, stating it will not resume negotiations beforehand unless Lufthansa offers an improved proposal in advance. This position has faced criticism from Lufthansa, which had proposed talks for Monday, March 4.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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