Surprise strike delays flights from Düsseldorf

DDP/The Local
DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 11 May, 2009 Updated Mon 11 May 2009 10:42 CEST
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Airline workers staged an unannouced strike early on Monday in Düsseldorf, triggering delays that will likely last throughout the day, service workers’ union Verdi said.

Some 100 security workers walked off the job at 5 am and did not return for several hours.

The workers are trying to pressure employers to increase wages for some 22,000 security workers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

According to two-year labour contracts, employers offer an hourly pay raise of €0.13 for 2009, and €0.11 for 2010. But with the lowest hourly rate for these workers at €7.53, and the highest at €12.38, this offer can only be seen as a provocation, the union said.

Verdi also called on workers at the Solvay chemical plant in Rheinberg to strike.

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