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Strikes cripple German airports
BERLIN, March 27 (BSS/AFP) - Travellers in Germany faced major disruption on Tuesday as workers claiming more pay went on strike at airports across the country, causing cancellations and severe delays.

More than one in three flights were cancelled at Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest and the third busiest in Europe, according to Fraport, which runs operations there.

Germany flag carrier Lufthansa said it was cancelling around 400 flights due to the strike by public sector workers.

Other airports affected by strikes included Berlin,
Stuttgart and Hanover.

Public service workers' union Verdi has called for a 6.5-
percent hike in salary for its two million members. The federal
state and local authorities countered this with an offer of 3.3
percent over two years.

Fresh negotiations were due Wednesday and Thursday.
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