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Restrictions for passengers: Airport Association: 180,000 travelers affected by warning strike


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Berlin (AP) - About 180,000 passengers will be affected next Tuesday, according to the ADV estimated by the consequences of the warning strike at several German airports.

In addition, there would be another ten thousand passengers at those airports, from which no flights could go out to the polluted airports, said the association on Sunday in Berlin.

General Manager Ralph Beisel sharply criticized the Verdi union: "It is irresponsible of Verdi to extend the strikes to excess." Every dimension of a warning strike would be blown up. "I have no understanding that Verdi is carrying out strikes on the backs of travelers, airlines and airports," he added.

Security personnel will be called to work stoppages at a total of six airports next Tuesday, including Germany's largest airport in Frankfurt am Main. Warnings were also announced for the airports of Hanover, Bremen, Leipzig / Halle, Dresden and Erfurt.

A spokesman for Frankfurt Airport said a special team was supposed to take care of the passengers, who could not board a plane as planned because of the strike. This includes, for example, the provision of food, blankets and camp beds. The match on Tuesday could largely paralyze the Frankfurt airport. The Verdi and DBB unions have called on the approximately 5,000 staff responsible for controlling passengers and cargo to hold an almost full-day warning strike.

"Even though we are well prepared, we do not recommend travelers to the airport during the strike," the spokesman said. It would be better if people asked the airlines for rebooking or other alternatives. "The security checks outside the transit area will not be occupied. Passengers traveling from Frankfurt will therefore have no opportunity during the entire strike period to reach their flight », said the airport operator Fraport.

Travelers who land in Frankfurt and have already been inspected, if they stay in the security area, do not have to expect complications. That's about 60 percent of all passengers, said the Fraport spokesman. If there was no strike, around 135,000 passengers would normally be handled at Frankfurt airport next Tuesday.

Verdi and DBB have called on security personnel at Frankfurt Airport to put off work on Tuesday between 2:00 am and 8:00 pm. "It can not be ruled out that more airports will be included in the warning strike," threatened Verdi. "From 20 o'clock the flight operations will start again for Zusteiger in Frankfurt, but it is also to be expected afterwards with impairments and delays," predicted Fraport.

Although Fraport has up to 800 of its own security employees who should maintain emergency operation. However, the operator can not fill in gaps during an outage with external personnel. After all, only specially trained employees may be employed at the checkpoints according to the Aviation Security Act. Lufthansa is now offering its customers to rebook flights from Frankfurt on the day in question free of charge to a date between 11 and 20 January. The company intends to publish flight cancellations on its website on Sunday afternoon.

The reason for the dispute is the ongoing collective bargaining conflict, in which the unions demand a uniform payment for the nationwide 23,000 employees in the area of ​​passenger, freight, personnel and goods control at the airports. Verdi charges gross 20 euros per hour, the DBB calls for an hourly wage of 19.50 euros. So far, hourly wages in the industry have been regulated very differently in different regions. The employees earn in a range of 11.30 euros (luggage and personnel checkers in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt) to 17,16 euros (passenger controllers in Baden-Württemberg).

The renewed strike call had become necessary because the Federal Association of aviation security companies (BDLS) "neither on the strong signal of employees by the warning strikes in Berlin-Tegel and Schönefeld on last Monday nor on the warning strikes in Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart last Thursday responded with a negotiable offer, "Verdi negotiator Benjamin Roscher said. DBB negotiator Volker Geyer commented: "The employers unfortunately leave us no other choice with their blockade attitude."

According to Verdi, the BDLS has the most recent round of negotiations on 20/21. December 2018 increased its offer for a fee increase from 1.8 percent to 2.0 percent per year with a two-year contract term. The equalization of salaries for eastern German federal states should therefore be completed after five years.

This contradicted the employers' side: The current offer of the employer is up to 6.4 percent more wages per year. In December, the association also communicated very clearly that it was ready for a further increase and speedy negotiations from the beginning of the year, said the BDLS. "The union continues to demand stubbornly 20 euros per hour for all employees and harms passengers, airports and airlines with the completely excessive strike action massively," criticized BDLS negotiator Rainer Friebertshäuser. «The union increasingly spans the arc with these measures.»

On January 23, Verdi and employers want to sit down in Berlin for their fifth round of negotiations in the wage dispute again at a table. The next hearing of DBB and BDLS is also scheduled for January 24, 2019 in Berlin. Ute Fritzel, spokeswoman for the Verdi state district of Hessen, said with regard to the talks, one expects an improved offer from the other side after the impressive strikes.

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