Germany Braces for Travel Disruptions Due to Airport Strikes

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    January 14, 2019 08:18

    Some of Germany's largest and busiest airports are facing a possible strike by security staff on Tuesday.

    The German trade union Verdi on Sunday expanded the call for a strike to include Munich and Hamburg airports in addition to the country's largest airport in Frankfurt.

    One-day walkouts are also expected Tuesday at the smaller Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports.

    Security personnel at Cologne-Bonn Airport gather at a check-in counter of German airline Lufthansa during a strike called by union Verdi to put pressure on management in wage talks in Cologne, Germany on Jan. 10, 2019. /Reuters

    The union is demanding that security staff get paid a minimum of 20.00 euros per hour. Security companies say that amounts to a prohibitive 30 percent raise in some cases.

    Last week, a strike by security staff forced the cancellation of more than 640 flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports.

    Lufthansa, the country's largest airline, has said it anticipates a "significant" impact on flights Tuesday. 

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