BERLIN – Over 100,000 travelers are expected to be affected on Thursday as security workers staged an all-day strike at several German airports over a pay dispute, aviation authorities said.
Security personnel at the Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart airports were taking part in strike action after salary negotiations between BDLS, a company representing the airports, and the Verdi Trade union, fell through.
“This will affect flight and handling operations here at Düsseldorf Airport. Severe delays at the security control are to be expected,” Düsseldorf airport informed passengers on its website. “Please check the flight status with your airline or travel operator before traveling to the airport,” it added.
Verdi’s chief negotiator, Benjamin Roscher, warned there would be further strike action if BDLS did not table a better offer for its roughly 23,000 employees working in the German aviation sector.
Verdi is demanding a salary increase which would bring the wages of security, luggage handling and passenger control personnel up to 20 gross euros an hour ($23).
In recent negotiations, BDLS offered a 40 cent increase to wages.
This is the second strike in a week. The first one took place on Monday and affected the Berlin-based Schönefeld and Tegel airports and saw 8 percent of their scheduled flights canceled.
So far, Düsseldorf airport has been forced to cancel 370 of its 580 flights whilst Cologne Bonn has canceled 131 of its 200 flights.
The next round of negotiations between Verdi and BDLS is set to take place on Jan. 23.