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Lufthansa Staff Strike Cancels 1,200 Flights

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Lufthansa cabin staff have launched a 24-hour nationwide strike, forcing the German air carrier to cancel 1,200 flights September 7 and over the weekend.

The strike affects Germany's six main airports, including Frankfurt, Berlin, and Munich.

The employees' union is seeking a 5-percent pay increase for cabin crew and assurances on jobs.

Lufthansa is offering a 3.5 percent boost and is calling for a slight increase in working hours.

The latest strike looks set to affect far more passengers than three limited work stoppages over the last week after negotiations broke down.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP