FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) - Following the 27-hour warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff, the parties to the collective bargaining agreement have resumed negotiations. Representatives of the Verdi union and Lufthansa met at Frankfurt Airport on Monday, as both sides reported. The strike, which began last Wednesday at the Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Berlin locations, led to around 900 flight cancellations. The warning strike was ended on Thursday. Verdi's aim was to force an improved offer from the employer.
In the wage dispute, Verdi is demanding a 12.5 percent pay rise for around 25,000 employees at various Lufthansa companies, but at least 500 euros per month for a period of one year. In addition, there is to be a group-wide inflation bonus of 3,000 euros. Lufthansa has offered 13 percent more money and an inflation bonus for a period of three years./ceb/DP/ngu