Lufthansa cancels flights as strike hits Munich, Frankfurt

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Planes of German airline Lufthansa stand at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on November 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN

BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa has cancelled 895 flights scheduled for Wednesday from six airports in Germany as government workers call short-term strikes in the run-up to wage discussions later this week.

The airline said Tuesday that its hubs in Munich and Frankfurt would see the most disruption.

Public-sector workers doing ground handling and security checks were expected to walk off the job.

Lufthansa, which is not part of the negotiations, urged passengers to check their flight status on

Strikes are taking place Tuesday at places like kindergartens and swimming pools. Garbage pickup and street cleaning in Munich were also affected.

The strikes come ahead of Thursday’s negotiations between the ver.di union, which is looking for a 6 percent pay rise for its 2 million members, and the government.

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