Workers at Major German Airports Plan Strike for Wednesday, Numerous Flight Delays and Cancellations Expected

By Paul Riegler on 23 April 2016
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Lufthansa Ticket Counter at Munich Airport

Lufthansa Ticket Counter at Munich Airport

Airport workers at Germany’s biggest airports are planning to go on strike this week and travelers will pay the price with the disruptions that will follow.

The strike will take place Wednesday at airports in Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, and Dortmund, and partially in Hannover. Workers are demanding a 6% wage increase.

“We are giving early notice of the strike so that passengers can make other plans,” said union official Christine Behle. The third round of contract negotiations is slated to take place on April 28 and 29 in Potsdam.

Members of the trade union ver.di including ground crews, gate agents, mechanics, and members of the fire department will be on strike until 1 p.m. local time in Frankfurt, the union, one of the world’s largest, said in a statement Friday. The action at other airports will be similar.

Ver.di, or Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, which stands for United Services Union, has some 2.2 million members.

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