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Security strike causes Hamburg Airport delays
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Security strike causes Hamburg Airport delays

Published: 18 Jan 2013 10:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Jan 2013 10:24 GMT+01:00

Only one of 20 security checkpoints are open, union and airport officials said.

No flights have yet been canceled, the airport said, but passengers should expect extremely long delays - both leaving and entering the airport. The Verdi union, which called for the work stoppage, said about 95 percent of early shift security personnel had walked off the job.

"Passengers can land in Hamburg but they cannot leave the plane, said Michael Eggenschwiler, chairman of the airport's executive board. The strike is affecting passengers, the airport and the airlines, he said, adding that the airport alone is expecting a mid-six figure loss from today's action.

"Just about nothing is moving," an airport spokeswoman said. There are long lines leading up to the terminals and many passengers have missed their planes and are angry about the situation, she said.

Some 19,000 passengers on 176 flights could be affected, as only 50 to 80 passengers per hour can pass through security, due to the work stoppage, the airport said.

Verdi called for the strike in an effort to push through its demand for a €14.50 hourly wage for security personnel, who currently earn €11.80 per hour. The union had asked the employers' organisation to put an offer on the table by last week, but a union official said that didn't happen, hence the strike.

Airport officials said passengers should get in touch with their airline's hotline and can get additional information online.

The head of the German air traffic association is calling on the federal government to step in to cover for the striking workers, saying airport security is the responsibility of the federal government.

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Your comments about this article

11:46 January 18, 2013 by wood artist
Just another example of people who are completely disconnected from reality. Instead of being glad they have a job, they simply want MORE! Greed is not exclusively a US affliction.

wa
13:35 January 18, 2013 by lucksi
Even the people getting off planes are affected? I think you should call the cops when you are unable to exit. They are holding you against your will and you clearly didn't fly the plane into any buildings.
13:56 January 18, 2013 by Englishted
@wood artist

This work is in shifts and 365 days a year ,how little would you advice the employers to pay given that there is no minimum wage here ?.

Also these worker are the front line in attempts to stop terrorism ,so remember pay peanuts and get monkeys.
17:13 January 18, 2013 by catjones
germans and their airports...
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