(MENAFN) On Friday, hundreds of flights were canceled at four German airports as security staff went on strike due to an ongoing dispute over pay and work conditions. The ver.di trade union announced that the strike action of security personnel and public employees at Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports would continue until the early hours of Saturday. Andrea Becker, a regional head of the union, explained that the strike action was necessary as they had received no acceptable offer from the employers in the latest round of negotiations.
The strike affected flights at Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports, where hundreds of flights were canceled. Dusseldorf airport announced that 264 out of 391 planned flights, including both departures and arrivals, were canceled due to the strike action. Meanwhile, at least 60 departures and 40 planned arrivals were canceled at Cologne/Bonn airport. Passengers were advised to contact their airline or tour operator to find out the current status of their flight before traveling to the airport.
In addition to the strikes at Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports, the strike in the southern state of Baden-Wurttemberg grounded all flights at Stuttgart airport and caused disruptions and longer waiting times at Karlsruhe's Baden-Baden airport. Stuttgart airport announced that no take-offs or landings were possible all day on Friday, and regular flight operations would resume on Saturday, 18 March.
The strikes have caused significant disruptions for passengers and highlighted the ongoing dispute over pay and work conditions for security staff and public employees. The ver.di trade union has emphasized the need for significantly more money to make a living, as inflation, high energy, and food prices trigger existential fears among employees. The strikes demonstrate the determination of unionized workers to fight for better compensation and working conditions.
Authorities have advised passengers of Ryanair and Wizz Air to check their flight status prior to making their way to the Baden-Baden airport and plan more time for security checks. The ongoing strikes highlight the challenges faced by workers in the aviation industry, many of whom have been hard hit by the pandemic's impact on the sector. It remains to be seen whether negotiations between the union and employers will result in a resolution to the dispute and an end to the strikes.
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