Air traffic disrupted in Germany — Analysis

Germany was unable to fly Tuesday due to strikes by several security officers at major airports such as Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart in order for them higher wages.

The industrial action at Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany’s largest airport, organized by the trade union ver.di, began at 2 AM local time, when staff for cargo and passenger controls stopped working, according to the German news agency dpa.

Fraport airport operator advised that travelers who want to fly in Frankfurt should not arrive at the airport. Due to Tuesday’s walkout, there were more than 770 scheduled take-offs or landings.

“The short-term worker’s activity means a horror scenario for the passengers, who have no way of preparing for the flight cancellations,”Ralph Beisel (general manager of the Working Group of German Airports) spoke out about the difficult circumstances faced by airports in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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Employees in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden also abandoned their posts on Tuesday, while in Munich, Germany’s second-largest airport, staff have been on strike since Monday. Another airport, Dusseldorf, Hannover cancelled a variety of flights due to strike action there.

These strikes took place as a result of disputes between the Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies and a German trade union ver.di. Negotiations are underway between the union and 25,000 national security personnel, who demand that their hourly wages be increased to at least one euro.

“The work of the aviation security forces must remain financially attractive so that the urgently needed specialists can be recruited. Frankfurt is currently in need of at least 150 experts to allow passengers to be checked quickly and without waiting. Accordingly, at least 1 euro must be added to the minimum wage. The employer offer is far below what the employees demand,” said ver.di negotiator Wolfgang Pieper on the union’s official website. 

Ver.di stated that the strike at Frankfurt was scheduled to conclude on Tuesday afternoon, local time. Despite the failure to reach an agreement in three previous rounds, both parties are expected to be meeting in Berlin this week.

Due to Russia’s sanctions, and EU countries closing their airspace to Russian aircraft, the global flight network and supply chain are already in trouble. Transportation between Europe, Asia and Asian destinations such as Japan and South Korea was the worst affected, with many airlines like Lufthansa KLM, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Finnair, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic and others cancelling cargo flights to North Asian countries.

Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk.

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