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Air-traffic controllers to strike at Frankfurt Airport

The Local · 15 Feb 2012, 15:22

Published: 15 Feb 2012 14:12 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Feb 2012 15:22 GMT+01:00

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About 200 personnel – which include workers in the actual air traffic control centre, as well as those working on the airport tarmac – will take part in the stoppage beginning at 3 pm and lasting until 10 pm, according to the GdF trade union.

“We assume that air traffic will be massively affected,” said Markus Siebers, a GdF spokesman, saying that airport operator Fraport had missed a noon deadline to resolve the union’s complaints.

The heart of the labour dispute: money and working hours. GdF has said workers in Frankfurt are underpaid and overworked compared to air traffic controllers at other German airports.

They’ve been involved in a long-running labour dispute with Fraport that’s dovetailed with complaints among controllers at airports around the country. Last year, the nation’s air traffic control union called for a general strike, which was only averted at the last moment.

At negotiations over higher wages have brought little movement and Fraport has rejected settlement offers brokered by outside mediators.

Fraport denounced the action as "irresponsible" and "incomprehensible", but pledged to limit disruption as much as possible.

"If someone refuses to budge an inch on double-digit demands that include increases of between 50-70 percent in wages, working hours and bonuses, they're acting irresponsibly," said Fraport board member and industrial relations director Herbert Mai.

Fraport said it had already drawn up contingency measures "to keep operations up and running as far as possible. But delays and cancellations cannot be ruled out."

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17:56 February 15, 2012 by carlm
Back in 1981 they tried that here in the US, the Great Satan, and the Gipper fired them. Rumor has it the move raised eyebrows in the Soviet Union where they concluded, correctly, that he was no patsy, like his predecessor, not to mention the current gangsta in chief.
19:03 February 15, 2012 by Ramp Worker
Overworked?....Please lets be real here...the Follow Me drivers ride in a heated truck (AC in the Summer). Most of the time when you need a Follow Me they are no where to be seen. They follow a yellow line and talk on the radio. How hard is that? Lets remember in the past few days it has been -15 degrees C here in Frankfurt. The real people that work hard on the ramp are the Loaders, the Cleaners, Catering, Maintenance and many others. Most of these workers work in the cold and wet on the ramp. They are the folks that need a pay raise.......I guess being a Follow Me makes you soft and greedy.
19:41 February 15, 2012 by raandy
carlm that was a great moment , loved the Gipper.
05:06 February 16, 2012 by jonas28
@ ramp worker:

No of course air traffic controllers are not over worked or under paid they only deal with one of the hardest jobs there is, I really hope they do fight fo what they should get, but mind you when your family in a pane crashes into another 737 on the tarmac hell your not going to blame anyone but who??
08:23 February 16, 2012 by Paranoid_Android
These guys make on averages 100,000€ a year.....

16:52 February 16, 2012 by Ramp Worker
@jonas28.......I would blame the pilots....I have never heard of an crash on the tarmac caused by the Follow Me........as for the hardest job to do.......must be really hard to read there newspaper and talk on the phone while sitting on there backside in a climate controlled auto......
08:43 February 18, 2012 by Yah right

There is a bed in a psychiatric hospital with your name on it.

I heard that you have been released on a weekend pass?

However, word has it that you did take all your mediations, like all nice crazy boys should, before you left.

You live in the twilight zone!
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