Thursday, February 14, 2013

Germany: Airport Security Guard Strike Reschedules, Cancels Flights in Dusseldorf, Hamburg

According to Reuters, a strike by security guards over pay has disrupted travel for thousands of passengers passing through two of Germany's busiest airports, according to the airports and service workers trade union, Verdi, said earlier today (January 14).

An estimated 400 workers walked out of Duesseldorf Airport in western Germany that resulted in 183 flights being postponed until Friday. Also, in Hamburg, 103 flights were canceled, affecting more than 17,000 passengers.

Verdi had called on the private sector security workers to strike from the start of the morning shift until midnight.

COMMENT: A spokesman for Verdi said the union was trying to force employers to put a "negotiable" offer on the table and warned that further strikes would follow if this was not achieved.

Verdi is calling for wage rises of between 2.50 and 3.64 euros per hour for 34,000 security workers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Duesseldorf airport is located. In Hamburg the union is calling for a wage hike of 2.70 euros for around 600 security workers.