Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Security staff to go on strike at 8 German airports

Security personnel announces major strike at 8 German airports | International Flight Network Germany Braces for Travel Disruptions Due to Airport Strikes
Russell Knight | 17 January, 2019, 17:21

"These so-called warning Strikes to underline Once again that we need a legal framework for the workers' struggle".

The other seven airports are in Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle and Munich. Airport operator Fraport said 470 of 1,200 planned flights have been scrapped ahead of the planned walkout.

The industrial action is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 15th, from 2 am to 8 pm local time.

The United Services Union Verdi has called on security staff at eight German airports to strike on Tuesday, January 15 in support of a pay claim. Two Berlin airports were affected earlier that week.

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In the German airline's statement, the company mentioned that cancellation figures did not yet include its flights coming out of Munich airport and, therefore, the final number of flights cancelled is likely to rise. The strike affected approximately 110,000 passengers. It warned that "very severe restrictions" in air traffic is expected.

Major hubs Frankfurt and Munich are among those where unions have called for security staff to down tools for the day. Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa accused Verdi of ramping up tensions "to an unacceptable extent" while the ADV association blasted the wave of strikes as "irresponsible". The union wants to enforce an hourly wage nationwide of 20 euros for employees in the areas of passenger, freight, personnel and goods control.

The latest walkouts follow strikes at five airports recently and were denounced by ADV as excessive.

Verdi is in wage negotiations on behalf of 23,000 security workers in Germany. "Ver.di a-in closets", with the full intention of the mobility of tens of thousands of national and worldwide passengers and freight traffic", said BDA chief Executive, Steffen Kampeter.

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