Several German airports to face disruption Tuesday amid wage strikes

Several German airports to face disruption Tuesday amid wage strikes

Jan 14, 2019 (Agencia EFE via COMTEX) —

Paris, Jan 14, (efe-epa).- The German union Verdi on Monday called for an extension to strikes by airport security staff at eight German airports as part of an ongoing wage dispute with the employers’ association BDLS, according to a Dow Jones report supplied to Efe.

Verdi has called on airport security workers to strike in Frankfurt, Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg, Munich, Leipzig/Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports on Tuesday as no “negotiable offer” has been made by BDLS so far, the union said. The all-day strikes should lead to “very severe disruption in air traffic”, it added.

Because “they have shown no willingness to submit a better offer, an extension of the warning strikes has become necessary,” Verdi said, the Dow Jones report added.

The union wants hourly wages for roughly 23,000 airport security staff in Germany to be raised to 20 euros ($22.91.) Wages currently vary by region and occupation, with passenger-control employees in Berlin earning 17.12 euros ($19.61) hourly.

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