Court rejects airline strike compensation plea
Published: 25 Mar 2013 17:01 GMT+01:00
Frankfurt's labour court rejected an application from airlines Lufthansa, Air Berlin and airport operator Fraport for €9.2 million in compensation from the air traffic controllers' union GdF.
The companies had sued the GdF after airport tarmac workers – who direct aircraft in and out of their parking positions from the control tower and on the tarmac – staged a series of walkouts in February 2012 over demands for higher pay and bonuses and reduced working hours.
The court ruled that the airlines were not entitled to compensation because the union's planned strike actions had not targeted the airlines themselves, but the air traffic controllers' employers, the DFS, in a pay dispute.
The court said the airlines can appeal its ruling.