Planned strike ex­pands to Frank­furt, other Ger­man air­ports

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS -

BER­LIN — A Ger­man labour union has ex­panded a planned strike by se­cu­rity staff at Frank­furt Air­port on Tues­day to in­clude sev­eral other air­ports, in­clud­ing Ham­burg.

News agency dpa re­ported that the ver.di union on Sun­day an­nounced the one-day walk­out at Ham­burg, two days after call­ing the strike at Frank­furt, Ger­many’s busiest hub.

Walk­outs are also ex­pected Tues­day at the smaller Han­nover, Bre­men, Leipzig-Halle, Dres­den and Er­furt air­ports. The union wants hourly pay for all work­ers con­duct­ing se­cu­rity checks to rise to 20 eu­ros ($23.10). Em­ploy­ers as­so­ci­a­tion BDLS says the amount could amount to a 30-per cent in­crease in some cases. Ver.di says it’s wait­ing for em­ploy­ers to make a ne­go­tiable of­fer for around 23,000 se­cu­rity staff.

Ear­lier strikes re­sulted in hun­dreds of flight can­cel­la­tions at the air­ports in Dues­sel­dorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Ber­lin.

The As­so­ci­ated Press/ The Cana­dian Press

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