German airport security staff strike hits more than 600 flights
More than 640 flights in Germany were cancelled on Thursday (Jan 10) due to security staff strikes at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports in a bid to put pressure on management in wage talks.
Out of 1,054 scheduled flights in total, 643 were cancelled, the airports said, adding that many of its passengers which average 115,000 per day, would be affected, with significant delays at security checkpoints.
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 per hour before tax.
On Monday, a strike at Berlin's Schoenefeld and Tegel airports had caused delays and flight cancellations.
Duesseldorf Airport employees march through the main hall during a strike by German union Verdi, which called on security staff at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports to put pressure on management in wage talks. (Photo: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay)