Strikes at German Airports Strand Thousands of Passengers

By Jesse Sokolow on 10 January 2019
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Passenger in Düsseldorf prior to the strike

Passenger in Düsseldorf prior to the strike

Hundreds of flights originating at German airports were cancelled after security staff at three airports walked off the job.

The strike affected flights at Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, and Stuttgart airports and 623 flights were cancelled as a result.

The union Verdi represents over 23,000 airport security staff at German airports. It is demanding a pay increase of €3 per hour, an 18% increase that would result in an hourly pay of €20.

Other airports were partially affected as well. Some 90 flights were cancelled at Berlin Tegel and four at Berlin Schönefeld, while 100 flights were cancelled at Munich Airport, although some of the cancellations were caused by heavy snowfall in the region.

“Severe delays at the security control are to be expected,” Düsseldorf Airport posted in a message on its website. “Please check the flight status with your airline,” it cautioned.

Negotiations between the Bundesverband der Luftsicherheitsunternehmen and Verdi have failed to bring about an agreement. The BDLS has offered an hourly increase of €0.40 per hour, which Verdi has deemed insufficient.

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