After the security guards affiliated with the United Service Industry Union (Ver.di) failed to reach an agreement in the negotiations to increase their wages with the employers, the 48-hour work stoppage started at Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf airports last night.
The German Airports Association (ADV) stated that the strike, aimed at cutting off large areas of international and national air traffic, went far beyond what was acceptable and was completely inappropriate.
ADV announced that 700 flights at airports will likely be canceled due to the work stoppage, affecting more than 100,000 passengers.
Ver.di also urged security guards to step down at Stuttgart airport on Friday. It is not clear how many flights will be canceled at this airport.
strike wave in germany
It is noteworthy that the wave of strikes has spread in recent months as workers demand higher wages to offset the rising cost of living in Germany with unusually high inflation.
German Mining, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Union (IG BCE) and Ver.di called on private sector workers in the energy field for a one-day collective warning strike today, demanding higher wages against high inflation.
On the other hand, the warning strike led by Ver.di and Germany’s Railway Workers’ Union (EVG) on March 27 in the transportation sector had brought most of the plane, train and bus services to a standstill, paralyzing transportation in the country.