Strike day in Germany: Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg airports were affected
A major strike day took place in Germany on March 27, 2023, which also hit air traffic hard. The unions Verdi and DBB called for a nationwide strike to push through their demands for higher wages and better working conditions.
Strike at Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg airports
Many airports in Germany were affected, including Frankfurt airport, Munich airport, Berlin airport and Hamburg airport. According to the ADV airport association, a total of around 1,400 flights were canceled. Most passengers had been informed of the flight cancellations in advance, and some airlines offered free rebookings or ticket refunds.
Flight delays and cancellations due to strike
Nevertheless, the situation was tense at many airports, and there were long queues and delays. Air traffic to other countries was also affected, as many flights pass through Germany. For example, flights to and from Austria and Switzerland were also canceled or postponed.
In addition to air traffic, other sectors were also affected, including public transport, waste collection and administration. In some cities, schools and kindergartens had to close as teachers and educators went on strike.
The unions are demanding a wage increase of 4.8 percent for public sector employees, or at least 150 euros more per month. In addition, the income trend, to be aligned with that of the private sector. The employers have not yet made an offer that meets the unions' demands.
How long will the strikes last?
The strikes are expected to continue for some time, as negotiations between the unions and the employers have not yet been concluded. It is therefore possible that there will also be cancellations in air traffic and other sectors in the coming weeks.
Overall, the strike day shows that the unions are willing to fight for their demands, including affecting air traffic and other industries. However, the employers will not admit defeat so easily, and it remains to be seen how the negotiations will proceed.
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