Thousands Of Flights And Trains Will Be Canceled Again This Week In Germany With New Strikes

FILE - A Lufthansa aircraft is parked at the airport in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Two German unions on Monday again called on their members — German airline Lufthansa's ground staff and German rail operator's Deutsche Bahn train drivers —  to go on strike this week following ongoing negotiations over wages and working conditions. Thousands of flights and trains are expected to be canceled Thursday and Friday — the two days that German train drivers’ union GDL and Ver.di called for the strikes. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
FILE - A Lufthansa aircraft is parked at the airport in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Two German unions on Monday again called on their members — German airline Lufthansa's ground staff and German rail operator's Deutsche Bahn train drivers — to go on strike this week following ongoing negotiations over wages and working conditions. Thousands of flights and trains are expected to be canceled Thursday and Friday — the two days that German train drivers’ union GDL and Ver.di called for the strikes. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
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BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of flights and trains are expected to be canceled again this week in Germany after two unions on Monday called for more strikes over wages and working conditions.

Negotiations continue for ground staff of German airline Lufthansa and German rail operator's Deutsche Bahn train drivers. German train drivers’ union GDL and Ver.di called for the strikes Thursday and Friday.

Around 200,000 air passengers will be affected by the two-day strike, according to an initial estimate by the Lufthansa Group, meaning that around 1,000 flights per day will be canceled as during previous strikes, German news agency dpa reported.

The strike on long-distance and regional train services begins at 2.00 a.m. (0100GMT) on Thursday and will affect millions of travelers. According to GDL, the strike is set to last until 1 p.m. Friday. In freight transport, the strike will begin on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (1700GMT) and is scheduled to last until 5 a.m. Friday.

In addition to pay raises, GDL has been calling for working hours to be reduced from 38 to 35 per week without a pay cut, which Deutsche Bahn has refused.

The Ver.di union seeks a 12.5% pay raise, or at least 500 euros ($542) more per month, in negotiations for nearly 25,000 Lufthansa ground workers including check-in, aircraft handling, maintenance and freight staff.

Coinciding contract negotiations have resulted in several recent walkouts in the rail, air and local transport sectors in Germany.