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Posted: Mar 27, 2014 4:51 AM

Updated: Mar 27, 2014 4:51 AM

BERLIN (AP) Hundreds of flights have been canceled after public-sector workers walked off the jobs at airports in Frankfurt, Munich, Duesseldorf and several other German cities in a strike for higher wages.

Germany's largest airline Lufthansa alone said it was canceling 600 flights Thursday, from primarily within Europe, as a result of the strike.

The Ver.di union says it is holding the one-day warning strike to pressure employers ahead of a third round of negotiations for some 2.1 million federal and municipal employees. The union is pushing for a 100 euro ($138) monthly increase for all workers and a 3.5 percent wage increase and says they have not yet received a counteroffer.

Ver.di says the strikes, also at Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Hannover airports, affect ground services, maintenance and other workers.

Topics: Germany-Airport Strikes

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