Ground handling staff set to strike today in Germany

posted on 7th February 2019 by Justin Burns
Ground handling staff set to strike today in Germany

Germany’s Verdi trade union has called on ground handling staff at Duesseldorf and Hanover airports to hold a warning strike today (7 February).

A press release release on the union’s website posted yesterday, said the strikes are set to take place during the morning when at least 55 flights are scheduled for take-off across the two airports.

Verdi has been demanding improving working conditions and wage increases for ground handling services personnel and negotiations with employers on a monthly pay increases for 1,000 ground staff have not brought any results.

In January, Verdi and the German Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS) signed an agreement to increase wages for around 23,000 German airport security personnel, but similar negotiations between ground handling staff and their employers have come to a halt.