Airports: The government announces the use of foreign assistants | Free press

Four-digit number of skilled workers in Turkey should help to end the overburdened workforce during the holiday season – without lowering wages and security.


The federal government wants to ease the tense workforce situation at German airports through the possibility of temporary employment of foreign workers. Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) said it “Bild am Sonntag” (“BamS”).

“We want to rule out all forms of social dumping and exploitation. Employers have to pay wages and provide decent housing for a limited period of time. “

Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) spoke in the newspaper about an action coordinated with Heil and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) to “fix the staff shortage at German airports and present an interim solution.” Faeser added: “We will enable the use of foreign assistants to handle luggage, for example.” The principle is: “When it comes to safety, there are no compromises.”

The newspaper, citing government circles, wrote that the goal was to attract a four-digit number of qualified Turkish workers who could be posted for a few months at most from July.

For example, shortly before the start of the main holiday season, Lufthansa announced that it would cancel a total of almost 3,000 flights at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich as more and more crews report sickness due to the coronavirus. The reason, in particular, is the lack of staff not only at the airline itself, but also at airports, for example during security checks.

Wisdom has entrusted companies with responsibility for chaotic conditions at airports. “The federal government is not responsible for the staffing policies of airport companies and airlines,” he said. The Federal Ministry of Transport is responsible for air traffic control and the coordination of air operations. “And everything works smoothly there.”

Federal Minister of Consumer Protection Steffi Lemke (The Greens) has demanded that airlines deal fairly with their customers and actively provide information on claims such as compensation. “I expect the airlines to comply with their legal obligations and meet the legitimate claims of passengers quickly and without bureaucracy,” said BamS. (dpa)

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