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Frankfurt airport union threatens strike escalation

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Frankfurt airport union threatens strike escalation


More than 400 flights were cancelled on Friday due to a walk out at Frankfurt airport. The disruption is set to get worse as the union threatens to step up its action.

The apron controllers who guide planes in and out of parking slots have failed to reach a wage agreement with the airport operator. The action has a knock on effect on flights throughout Europe.

“Seventy percent wage (increases), that is not realistic. Seven percent you can understand, but 70 percent that is madness,” said this passenger.

As the workers meet to plan their strategy, the owners of the third largest airport in Europe have branded the union, “intransigent and irresponsible”. In response the workers say it’s not just about money.

“The strike is about working hours, about breaks to recover, about shift systems, there are people who work seven days in a row with only two days off. We in this branch think that this is not responsible,” explained Markus Siebers, the union’s wages representative.

The airport is set to return to normal on Saturday but could be hit with cancellations again next week when more action is planned. A spokesman for the operator said it remains committed to resuming talks with the unions but added that was only as long as the negotiations are realistic.

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