Strikes in Germany to affect thousands of passengers

German union calls industrial action for security workers tomorrow

Security staff at Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart airports are to down tools for 21 hours on Thursday 10 January.

The strike is due to begin at 3.00 CEST and last until midnight.

Ver.di, the union representing security personnel, said that “severe restrictions in air traffic” should be expected.

It is likely that the stoppage will affect thousands of passengers. A similar strike in Berlin earlier this week forced 50 domestic and international flights to be cancelled.

Security personnel are demanding an increase in pay — Shutterstock Strikes in Germany to affect thousands of passengers
Security personnel are demanding an increase in pay — Shutterstock

Ver.di, who represent 23,000 workers in Germany, are fighting for a 17 per cent increase in pay from 17 euro an hour to 20 euro an hour for security staff.

The employer, the Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS), has agreed to a raise of between two and 8.1 per cent.

BDLS did not make an improved offer to the union following Monday’s stoppage in Berlin.

Benjamin Roscher, one of ver.di’s negotiators, said: “Employers should be aware that workers are willing and able to stand up for their demands.”

Roscher did not rule out further strikes by security workers.

Negotiations will continue on 23 January.