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Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn: Verdi announces warning strikes at airports in North Rhine-Westphalia

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There could be restrictions for air travelers in the coming week. The Verdi union wants to strike at the two largest airports in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Verdi union has announced warning strikes for Monday at the two largest airports in North Rhine-Westphalia. The warning strikes would be expanded in many cities in North Rhine-Westphalia at the beginning of the coming week, starting with employees at Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf airports, Verdi NRW announced. At Cologne/Bonn Airport, the first groups of employees would start warning strikes in the night from Sunday to Monday. Warning strikes started shortly afterwards at Düsseldorf Airport. Due to the shift work, the warning strikes ended in the night from Monday to Tuesday at the two largest NRW airports.

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The background is the negotiations for employees in the public sector at the federal and municipal level as well as the nationwide negotiations for employees in aviation security. Collective bargaining is currently being conducted for both groups of employees. “With the strikes, the employees are putting pressure on the respective employers because no acceptable offer has been made in the previous negotiations in the public sector,” explained Andrea Becker, state department head at Verdi NRW. In a message, she asked for the understanding of the passengers. In order to provide relief, the warning strikes were announced at an early stage. So travelers could fall back on other options.

Only last Friday, warning strikes by Verdi at seven German airports caused thousands of flight cancellations. Several airports had to stop regular passenger operations.

Source: Stern

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