Frank­furt air­port braces for strike on Jan­uary 15

DNA (Delhi) - - WORLD -

Frank­furt: Ger­man air trav­ellers face “mas­sive” up­heaval on Tues­day when se­cu­rity staff at Frank­furt air­port, the na­tion’s largest, are set to walk off the job in a bat­tle for bet­ter pay that has al­ready caused hun­dreds of flight can­cel­la­tions.

Ger­many’s pow­er­ful Verdi union an­nounced on Fri­day that the strike would start at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) and end at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT). It marks an­other es­ca­la­tion in their stand-off with em­ploy­ers after walk­outs by se­cu­rity per­son­nel at air­ports in Ber­lin, Cologne-Bonn, Dues­sel­dorf and Stuttgart this week led to more than 800 flights be­ing scrapped, af­fect­ing over 100,000 pas­sen­gers.

The scale of Tues­day’s strike was not im­me­di­ately clear but a spokesman for air­port op­er­a­tor Fra­port warned it would have “a mas­sive im­pact on tens on thou­sands of trav­ellers”.

Fra­port urged all pas­sen­gers with flights sched­uled to de­part from Frank­furt dur­ing the strike ac­tion not to come to the air­port and check with their air­lines or travel providers for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Verdi mean­while warned that more air­ports could join Tues­day’s “warn­ing strike”.

The union, which rep­re­sents some 23,000 avi­a­tion se­cu­rity work­ers across Ger­many, is push­ing for a pay in­crease to 20 eu­ros ($23.08) per hour.

Wages cur­rently vary, with work­ers in some air­ports in east­ern Ger­many earn­ing around 14 eu­ros hourly, com­pared with just over 17 eu­ros for their peers in the cap­i­tal and western parts of the coun­try.

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