FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Security workers at Frankfurt airport went on strike on Friday, prompting dozens of flight cancellations & causing delays to travelers passing through Europe's third-largest hub.
Union Verdi had called on security staff employed by private firms grouped under the BDSW banner to strike from 0100 GMT until 2200 GMT in a bid to achieve higher pay.
That means far fewer staff at areas like security checks, leading to delays for passengers trying to board planes.
p> Airport operator Fraport, which is drafting in extra staff to assist manage the queues, said around 41 flights had so far been cancelled & more could be expected.
Airline Lufthansa cancelled around 35 flights, mostly to destinations within Germany that can moreover be reached by train.
The union is calling for a hourly pay rate of 16 euros ($22.01) for security employees in the state of Hesse & said employers had offered between 10 euros & 13 euros an hour. Workers in other states obtain up to around 15 euros a hour, it said.
The BDSW has said it cannot meet Verdi's demands for immediate pay rises of up to 30 percent in some cases.
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by David Holmes)
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