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Munich Airport: Warning strike called in the middle of the holidays - flight cancellations and delays possible

2022-08-09T17:44:22.504Z

Munich Airport: Warning strike called in the middle of the holidays - flight cancellations and delays possible Created: 08/09/2022, 19:35 By: Lucas Sauter-Orengo A week after their layover at Munich Airport, many passengers are still waiting for their luggage. © Sven Hoppe/dpa There could be failures and delays again at Munich Airport. The reason: a warning strike by the ground handling servic



Munich Airport: Warning strike called in the middle of the holidays - flight cancellations and delays possible

Created: 08/09/2022, 19:35

By: Lucas Sauter-Orengo

A week after their layover at Munich Airport, many passengers are still waiting for their luggage.

© Sven Hoppe/dpa

There could be failures and delays again at Munich Airport.

The reason: a warning strike by the ground handling service provider Swissport Losch.

Munich Airport - In the middle of the summer holidays, the Verdi union is again calling for a warning strike at Munich Airport.

The target now is the ground handling service provider Swissport Losch.

This Wednesday, the employees of the midday shift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. should let their work rest.

The airport warned that there could be flight cancellations and delays in operations.

Munich Airport: Warning strike announced - flight cancellations and delays possible

The service provider works for many holiday airlines, said an airport spokesman.

Passengers should check with their airline or tour operator.

According to Swissport Losch, baggage handling, all apron services and passenger bus services of this company are affected by the warning strike.

Contingency plans are in the works.

The union is demanding a significant wage increase for the almost 600 Swissport employees in Munich in order to "currently secure real wages in view of an inflation rate of 8 percent," as negotiator Manuela Dietz said on Tuesday.

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Then the company could also fill more vacancies.

Swissport said the company offered 8 percent and a one-time payment of 250 euros on Friday, increasing its offer to 10.1 percent on Tuesday.

That comes close to the Verdi requirement of 11 percent.

Verdi should cancel the warning strike.

Swissport Losch - like the airport's own company Aeroground - provides passenger, luggage and freight handling as well as apron, bus and transport services for airlines.

Munich Airport: Warning strike announced - flight cancellations and delays possible

According to the airport, the company serves between 35 and 40 percent of flight movements in Munich.

If Aeroground was asked and had free capacity, Aeroground would help out with colleagues, for example with bus drivers, said an airport spokesman.

With a strike call to Lufthansa ground staff at the end of July, Verdi caused the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights, affecting 130,000 passengers.

Lufthansa then raised wages sharply, according to Verdi across all employee groups by between 377 and 498 euros a month.

This is not only an adjustment for inflation, but an increase in real wages.

Source: merkur

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