Friday, January 18, 2019 | ePaper

German airport security staff strike hits more than 600 flights

  • Print
Reuters, Berlin :
More than 640 flights in Germany were canceled on Thursday due to security staff strikes at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports as workers sought to put pressure on management in wage talks.
Out of 1,054 scheduled flights in total, 643 were canceled, the airports said, adding that many of their passengers would be affected, with significant delays at security checkpoints. An average of 115,000 passengers pass through the airports per day. Public sector union Verdi said it was negotiating on behalf of 23,000 security workers in Germany. Wage talks are to resume on Jan. 23, it said. The union has demanded a pay increase to 20 euros ($23.06) per hour before tax. On Monday, a strike at Berlin's Schoenefeld and Tegel airports had caused delays and flight cancellations. Around 1,000 security workers took part in the strike during the morning, Verdi said on Thursday, adding that the strike would continue until the end of the day.
"After five days of talks, the negotiations have come to a standstill ... and that's why we thought it was necessary to make a move with these warning strikes today," Andrea Becker, a   
spokeswoman for the union said.
Christian Witt, one of the passengers stranded at Duesseldorf airport, told Reuters: "You never understand when it affects you personally but you have to see the bigger picture."

More News For this Category

Violent repression of opposition in BD: HRW

HRW News, New York :Bangladesh violently cracked down on criticism of the ruling Awami League in advance of national elections in 2018, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday

Nine arrests over bloody DusitD2 hotel siege

BBC Online  :Nine people have been arrested in Kenya following an attack on a luxury hotel compound in the capital Nairobi that killed at least 21 people.All five militants

Pentagon urges missile defence sensors in space

BBC Online  :The US must research new technologies, such as a layer of sensors in space, to find and destroy incoming missiles, a Pentagon report is expected to say.The

Info Minister to continue teaching at JU

UNB, Dhaka :New Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, who took up a part-time teaching profession at Jahangirnagar University (JU) last September, will continue taking classes at the university alongside

Hundreds of vehicles remain stuck in a long tailback creating chaos on the highway as repair work is going on at the Meghna Bridge on Thursday.

Hundreds of vehicles remain stuck in a long tailback creating chaos on the highway as repair work is going on at the Meghna Bridge on Thursday.

.

US senator links Trump troop withdrawal to deadly ISIL attack

Al Jazeera News  :A senior US senator has questioned President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal announcement from Syria after four Americans were killed in a suicide attack by the armed

Zia's birth anniv tommorrow

UNB, Dhaka :BNP has chalked out a two-day programme to observe the 83rd birth anniversary of its founder Ziaur Rahman on Saturday. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir

Rickshaw puller beaten to death

UNB, Sylhet :A rickshaw puller was beaten to death allegedly by a young man over a trifling matter at Pirojpur of Dakkhin Surma area here on Wednesday.The deceased was

3 killed in road accidents

UNB, Dhaka :At least three people, including a minor, were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Noakhali's Begumganj Upazila and Kushtia's Mirpur Upazila.In Kushtia, a

China to bolster ties with BD on all fronts

UNB, Dhaka :Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo on Thursday said his country wants to enhance its bilateral ties with Bangladesh on all fronts in the coming days.The Chinese