Flights Cancelled In Hamburg Due To Ground Staff Strike

Passengers boarding on flight. AFCT
Ground Staff Strike, Hamburg Airport

Air travelers in Germany are confronting significant interruption Monday as ground staff partake in a full day strike over a compensation dispute.


About 60 flights have been hacked out so far at the international airport in the Hanseatic city, and passengers have been cautioned to anticipate more interruption.

The supposed ‘warning strike’ by ground staff was informed at short notice on Sunday, by the heavyweight union “Verdi”, regarding continuous pay agreement.


Air travelers were informed to expect setbacks as well as cancelled flights. A sum of 58 flights were dropped on Monday, as indicated by an airport representative – including 27 arrivals and 31 takeoffs. “There could likewise be some more,” she included.

Ground staff workers are answerable for luggage loading, airplane handling and buses.


A representative for the Verdi union said that about 150 workers on the early shift had dropped their apparatuses and exited around 3am. Somewhere in the range of 12noon and 2pm, workers on the late shift were likewise expected to join the move.

Deficient Offer

The strike by Verdi was called in light of the deficient offer from bosses in the present mutual bargaining round with the Employers’ Association for Labour Law in Hamburg (AVH). Verdi requests a monthly wage increment of €275 for almost 1000 workers in ground handling services.


“In the collective dealing, we were informed that €140 extra would need to be requested (from travelers) per airplane,” said the Verdi representative. With a moderate of 124 travelers for each flight, this adds up to clients paying around one euro more so as to completely fulfill the union’s needs.


“Thirty-five individuals are caught up with taking care of a plane. Folks need to consider the amount they pay for their ticket,” the representative included.

Airport Workers demonstrating strike
Airport workers on strike. AFCT

In the mean time, Verdi experienced harsh criticism for the activity. “An unannounced 24-hour cautioning strike is absolutely over the top and excessive,” criticized airport representative Katja Bromm.


This Monday morning turned out to be few team of ground staff, according to an airport representative. “Right now there are no bus transports from the car parks further away to the air terminal,” she announced. A substitute service with cabs was arranged.


Christian Noack, Overseeing Chief of HAM Ground Handling, which is in charge of the ground staff administrations at Hamburg Airport, additionally took a critical perspective of the activity.


Airports around Germany in the last few weeks have been hit by several strikes, bringing about disorder for clients.

On January fifteenth, eight airports – Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Leipzig, Dresden and Erfurt – were influenced in strike activity by security staff. Frankfurt airport, Germany’s biggest air hub, dropped in excess of 600 flights on the day.


Air passengers in Germany additionally confronted a progression of strikes by Ryanair cabin and cockpit crew in the second half of 2018, including two pan-European walkouts, which caused tremendous disruption.


Germany’s airport strike


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