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Strikes hit German airports as public sector pushes for higher pay

Published on Mar 27, 2014 4:34 PM
 
Germany’s main airports were hit by a strike on Thursday morning, March 27, 2014, as public sector workers expanded industrial action to put more pressure on the government in pay talks. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

FRANKFURT (REUTERS) – Germany’s main airports were hit by a strike on Thursday morning, as public sector workers expanded industrial action to put more pressure on the government in pay talks.

The strikes are taking place at airports across Germany, including Frankfurt, Europe’s third-largest hub, and Munich, both of which are mainly served by Lufthansa, Germany’s No.1 airline.

In a bid to prevent the chaos caused by last month’s security workers’ strike, when thousands were stuck in the Frankfurt terminals, Lufthansa had cancelled a third of flights scheduled for Thursday, including almost all domestic and European short-haul flights during the strike period until 1300 GMT.

While many Frankfurt airport staff are privately employed, there are still around 6,000 public sector workers in areas such as baggage handling, security and ground work.

 
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