Germany: strikes planned for Thursday and Friday

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The Verdi union is calling on staff in the security and service areas of Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne/Bonn airports to call warning strikes on Thursday and Friday. The EVG railway workers’ union also wants to call on its members to go on strike on Friday.

The railway and transport union EVG wants to announce on Wednesday how it will proceed in the collective bargaining dispute with the railways and around 50 other companies. According to ZDF, a warning strike in the next few days is likely.

EVG has announced a press conference for Wednesday (8:30 a.m.) Tuesday

According to information from the circles of negotiators, the strike should already begin on Friday. Within the group, collective bargaining affects 180,000 of the approximately 230,000 employees.

The Verdi union announced that the strike at the airports of Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne/Bonn would generally start on Wednesday night to Thursday and end on Friday night to Saturday.

In the background, the negotiations with the Federal Association of Aviation Safety Companies (BDLS), in which the union wants to increase the pressure. Among other things, it calls for an increase in hourly supplements for night work, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, as well as better collective bargaining arrangements for overtime pay for security and service staff at commercial airports.

So far, there has been no progress in the talks with the BDLS. A written offer from the BDLS is insufficient and cannot be accepted, according to Verdi. Further negotiations on April 11 and 12 did not lead to a solution and the employers did not submit an improved offer. The next negotiations are scheduled for April 27 and 28.

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