Germany: Dusseldorf and Hannover airports: ground crew strike Feb 7

Passengers have to expect delays at the airports in Dusseldorf and Hannover on Thursday. The service union Verdi called the staff of the ground handling for warning strikes from 3:00 to 11:00 clock. The background is the collective bargaining dispute over the employees who load and unload aircraft and take care of their luggage and freight.

The ground handling takes place at the airport “around the clock”, stressed Verdi on Wednesday. “The physically demanding work must be better rewarded.” Specifically, the union demands, among other things, Christmas and holiday pay and better pay for night, shift and holiday work. Negotiator Peter B├╝ddicker criticized that the employer had not submitted an offer so far.

Verdi is currently negotiating collective agreements for various groups of ground workers at German airports. It also came to warning strikes and thus to flight cancellations and delays. Dozens of flights had been canceled at Hamburg Airport on Monday, when employees of ground handling services went on strike all day long.

Also at the airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg caused a strike for turbulence. Nearly 40 flights were canceled for Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning as the local air traffic controllers left work. Around 3,700 passengers were affected, according to the airport operator. On Wednesday, there are still delays expected.
Translated from German