Strike at German airports:In Frankfurt alone every second flight is canceled
Security personnel at several German airports have been out of action since early morning. Hundreds of flights fail, tens of thousands of passengers do not arrive at their destination as planned.
Because eight airports will be affected during the course of the day, the ADV had warned of significant disruptions for the entire air traffic in Germany.
The Warnstreiktag of the union Verdi began at midnight at the airports of Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen. There, the security staff should not work all Tuesday. Security guards at Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt / Main have also been involved in the warning strike since 2 o’clock in the night.
There are about 5000 employees responsible for the control of passengers and cargo. The labor dispute in Frankfurt should last until 8 pm.
570 takeoffs and landings canceled in Frankfurt
In Frankfurt alone, as of Monday evening, 570 of the planned 1,200 arrivals and departures were canceled. The Frankfurt airport operator Fraport had called passengers early to reschedule as possible. Warning strikes are also announced at the airports of Dresden, Munich, Leipzig / Halle and Erfurt.
Also at Cologne / Bonn Airport so far a total of 24 flights (each twelve take-offs and landings) have been canceled. With further impairments is also counted here.
The unions Verdi and DBB want to make the warning strikes pressure in the current collective bargaining round. They demand wage increases for the industry with 23,000 employees nationwide and uniform payment in the area of passenger, freight, personnel and goods control at the airports.
Verdi demands a gross amount of 20 euros per hour for the employees, the DBB demands an hourly wage of 19.50 euros. So far, hourly wages in the industry have been regulated very differently in different regions. Verdi insists on significant wage increases in East Germany.
Already in the past week there had been warning strikes by the air traffic control staff – first at the Berlin airports Tegel and Schnefeld, then in Dusseldorf, Cologne / Bonn and Stuttgart. Verdi explains the current escalation with the fact that the employers had presented “no negotiable offer” despite the warning signals.
Criticism of tourist boards
Employers, tourist boards and business criticized the widening of the warning strikes significantly. “Once again, a collective bargaining conflict between a single occupational group and hundreds of thousands of passengers, the aviation companies and many other companies in the German tourism industry is being carried out”, complained the Secretary General of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), Michael Rabe. “From warning strikes, so the idea of punctual warning signs towards employers, can definitely be no question here. At the latest with this third match within ten days, the bow will be stretched beyond measure. “
The Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS) responded with incomprehension to the disproportionate warning strikes in his view: The employers had already made clear in December that they are ready for a new offer and speedy negotiations from the beginning of the year. The fifth round of negotiations is scheduled in the tariff dispute for 23./24. January in Berlin. (AP)