More than 640 flights were cancelled at Dusseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports on Thursday 10th January due to strikes by security workers. There were also significant delays at security checkpoints.
The strike was backed by the ver.di union, which said it was negotiating for a pay increase to €20 an hour before tax, on behalf of 23,000 security workers across Germany. It followed an initial strike on Monday 7th January at the airports in Berlin.
A possible strike is also due to take place tomorrow, Tuesday 15th January, that would include Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg airports, along with the smaller Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt.
Employers had offered a 2% pay increase over two years and balked at the union’s proposed increase, which would amount to a 30% rise in some cases.
The next round of talks is due on 23rd January.
Source: Time [dead link - https://time.com/5498866/germany-airport-security-strike-disrupts-flights/], VOA News
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