Strike Disrupts German Airports

Industrial action by ground handling staff has led to hundreds of flights being cancelled at German airports on Tuesday.
Figures from Lufthansa show that over 400 services have been axed, the majority of which were to and from Frankfurt, as staff represented by the Verdi union strike over pay demands.
The Verdi union is calling for a 6.5% pay rise for its approximately 2 million workers and its action is part of a greater public sector employee strike planned for later this week.  Flight have also been cancelled at, Cologne-Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Munich and Stuttgart.
The union has already rejected a 3.3% pay increase offer over 24 months and further negotiations are set to take place tomorrow (Wednesday March 28).
The union’s view is that public sector workers’ pay has been curtailed by the national and local governments’ attempts to keep spending down and says that in 2009 its members accepted cutbacks to help Germany’s economic problems at that time.
Germany’s Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, told the Rheinische Post daily that the action is “disproportionate” and that, “Given that we have made a substantial offer, mistreating the public with these strikes is not justified.”