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Airport Strikes are causing Travel Mayhem in Europe

Posted : 16 April 2018 03:26:00 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Airport Strikes are causing Travel Mayhem in Europe

Europe is facing significant air travel disruption on Tuesday because of public-sector workers’ strikes in Germany and France that affect some of the countries’ main airports.


The strike by Germany’s Verdi union, which is protesting over pay, means ground handling and support services won’t show up on Tuesday at Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports. Part of the airports’ fire brigades will also refrain from working.


Verdi’s strike began at 5 a.m. Central European Time, and will last until 6 p.m. As a result, Lufthansa, the German national carrier, has had to cancel half of its 1,600 scheduled flights for Tuesday, including 58 long-haul flights. The airline says 90,000 passengers are affected.


Air France, meanwhile, has had to cancel a quarter of its flights on Tuesday due to industrial action specifically targeting the French airline, this time affecting many pilots and cabin crew as well as ground staff. Only 65% of Air France’s long haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle will take off today.


Verdi and other German civil servants’ unions want their 2.3 million members to get a pay raise of at least 6%, to make up for the disparity between public-sector pay and that in the private sector, which has steamed ahead over the last couple decades.


“Even after two rounds of negotiations, employers have made no offer to increase wages,” Verdi said in a statement. “That is why we are now conducting warning strikes.”


The next round of negotiations starts this weekend. If unsuccessful, this warning strike might cascade into more widespread disruption.

Tags : #Airport, # Strikes, # Travel Mayhem, # Europe,

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