Munich Airport warns of flight cancellations and delays. The Verdi union has called for a warning strike.
Two weeks after a successful warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff in the middle of the summer holidays, the Verdi union is again calling for a warning strike at Munich airport.
The destination is now the ground handling provider Swissport Losch. This Wednesday afternoon shift workers from 10:00 to 15:00 should allow themselves to rest at work.
The airport has warned that flight cancellations and delays in operations may occur. The service provider works for a number of vacation airlines, an airport spokesman said. Passengers should contact the airline or tour operator. According to Swissport Losch, the company’s luggage handling, all parking services and passenger buses are affected by the warning strike. Contingency plans are being worked on.
More wages were requested
The union is demanding a substantial wage increase for some 600 Munich-based Swissport Losch workers to “now secure real wages in the face of an 8% inflation rate,” negotiator Manuela Dietz said. Then the company could also fill more vacancies.
Swissport said the company offered an 8 percent and a one-time payment of € 250 on Friday, pushing its offer up to 10.1 percent on Tuesday. This comes close to the Verdi requirement of 11 percent. Verdi should cancel the warning.
Swissport Losch – like its own Aeroground airport company – provides passenger, baggage and cargo handling, as well as plate, bus and transport services for the airlines. According to the airport, the company handles 35 to 40 percent of flights in Munich. If Aeroground were asked and had free capacity, Aeroground would help colleagues such as bus drivers, an airport spokesman said.
Verdi called for a strike at 11am. After calling for a strike by Lufthansa’s ground staff in late July, the union caused over 1,000 flights to be canceled, affecting 130,000 passengers. Subsequently, Lufthansa increased wages sharply, according to Verdi for all groups of employees, by between 377 and 498 euros a month. This is not only a compensation for inflation, but also an increase in real wages. (dpa)