Flights cancelled as strikes hit two German airports

BERLIN (AP) - Thousands of air travellers are stranded in Germany after security personnel walked off the job at two airports in a wage dispute.

Security workers at Hamburg and Cologne airports went on strike on Friday, causing more than 200 flights to be cancelled at the airports.

The country's main hubs, Frankfurt and Munich, were not affected.

The ver.di union called the strike after the latest round of negotiations with employers ended last week without an offer they found acceptable.

Airport workers in recent months have staged several similar daylong "warning strikes," which are often used to increase pressure in German wage negotiations.

The union seeks a roughly 30 per cent pay increase for the private security workers. Employers have offered a nine per cent raise.