Warning strikes at airports in Germany

DThe Verdi union is expanding the warning strikes at the passenger controls in German airports. After the inspectors stopped working at six airports on Monday morning, the forces at Germany’s second largest airport in Munich are now also called upon to do so from 2 p.m., as the union announced. The campaign in the Bavarian capital should not end until midnight on Tuesday. The largest airport in Frankfurt is to be struck on Tuesday along with Hamburg, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.

The Frankfurt operator Fraport asked all guests who wanted to board in Frankfurt not to travel to the airport. There will be no way to catch the scheduled flight for the entire duration of the strike. Delays are expected in the transit processes with changing passengers. A company spokesman said there was no understanding of such a comprehensive strike being carried out on the backs of the passengers. 770 flight movements were planned for Tuesday.

The Verdi union has called on security forces in passenger control to go on warning strikes. Two thirds of the departures at the capital’s BER airport were canceled on Monday. Passenger security and employee access control staff stopped work early in the morning. In Düsseldorf, around 160 of the around 290 flights originally planned had already been canceled, the airport said on Monday morning. According to the airport, 94 of the planned 136 arrivals and departures were canceled at Cologne/Bonn Airport. “Only 10 departures take place during the day,” the airport said.

The employees there “completely” stopped work shortly after midnight, as the responsible Verdi spokesman confirmed at the request of the German Press Agency. There is also a strike at the airports in Bremen, Hanover and Leipzig. According to the Verdi union, around 220 colleagues took part in the warning strike on the early shift. “We are enthusiastic about the participation,” said Verdi representative Helge Biering. The union assumes that a total of around 1,350 employees will participate nationwide.

The warning strikes are part of the collective bargaining conflict between Verdi and the Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS). The union is negotiating with the employers’ association about a new collective agreement for around 25,000 security forces nationwide, three rounds of negotiations had so far remained unsuccessful. Both sides want to meet on March 16th and 17th in Berlin for further negotiations.