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Frankfurt Airport strike extended to Wednesday

The Local · 20 Feb 2012, 10:21

Published: 20 Feb 2012 10:21 GMT+01:00

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The GdF union, which is representing about 200 tarmac staff, announced late Sunday that the strike would be extended until 5 am on Wednesday because management was refusing to negotiate.

“We wanted to give the other side the chance to signal they wanted to negotiate,” said GdF board member Markus Siebers. “Since this didn’t happen on Sunday, we have extended the strike.”

The GdF had already held warning strikes last Thursday and Friday that led to the cancellation of about 500 flights.

Fraport, the agency which runs Frankfurt Airport, said 223 of about 1,250 flights scheduled for Monday – mostly domestic and intra-European – had been cancelled. Long-haul flights remained largely on schedule.

“So far everything is going smoothly. The passengers have adjusted,” a Fraport spokesman said Monday.

Officials said they were doing everything possible to soften the effects of the strikes, including training workers to temporarily take over the ground controllers’ duties.

Lufthansa said it encouraged passengers to check the status of flights before heading to the airport and was offering free train vouchers for domestic travel.

The controllers have complained that they are being unfairly compensated compared to workers at other German airports. They have claimed that Fraport has been unwilling to negotiate fairly with them.

Fraport charges that the GdF has gone rogue and has called the strike action “incomprehensible.”

Siebers said that strikes would continue until Fraport negotiates.

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“If Fraport moves, we are ready to talk,” he said.

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12:14 February 20, 2012 by Eastard
Many years ago a US President told airport tower controllers to go to work and they didn't.. He replaced them and prevented any of the strikers from working the same job. This was done because of the safety the public expects. We have had many labor disputes in the airline industry but no strikes (walk off job with attitude). The article did not indicate how much more money they wanted for the same job however the reader must assume it is just money... Unions have no purpose except to generate more money for their members (regardless of the cost to others) and to maintain disagreements.. Unions can promise anything because they are not viewed as able to provide anything... Management... make sure you are dealing with their questions fairly... Just because someone wants more money does not make it economically viable... There are plenty of similar jobs all over the world that pay differently...
01:08 February 21, 2012 by wood artist
Until I can see what they currently make, what they want, and what their justification is, the strikers are simply stupid. An additional runway didn't change the work that you do, unless you think working for the full shift is somehow...inappropriate.

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