From April 20 to 21 at the airports of Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne, an employee strike organized by the Verdi union will take place. The action is expected to result in serious flight delays and the cancellation of some flights.
The Verdi union has called on workers in aviation security, passenger, personnel and cargo control, as well as service areas at three airports, to carry out warning strikes. “In connection with the announced promotions, an increase in waiting times and even flight cancellations is to be expected.”
The precondition for the warning strikes on Thursday and Friday April 20 and 21 was negotiations between Verdi and the Federal Association of Aviation Safety Companies (BDLS) for bonuses for night work, as well as Saturday, Sunday and holidays. In addition, there is talk of improving collective agreements regarding overtime pay for security and maintenance staff. Verdi pointed out that the written proposal of the BDLS is not sufficient, moreover, it cannot be accepted.
“Work at airports should be made more attractive so that aviation security professionals do not leave their jobs,” union spokesman Wolfgang Peiper said. He also expressed hope that the Association of Aircraft Industry Companies will present an acceptable proposal in the next round of negotiations, which will be held on April 27-28.
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