The German pilots’ union Cockpit said the strike is over employee workload and failure to reach an agreement on wages. It is the third major strike to hit the Lufthansa group this year.
The transport secretary has said season ticket-holders caught up in rail strikes will be able to claim compensation – and made an 11th-hour plea to workers not to follow the “militant” unions.
Network Rail has warned that the three-day train strike next week will cause six days of disruption to services.
A serial sex offender who absconded from an open prison has been arrested after three days on the run.