16 Feb '12, 5pm

Frankfurt airport workers strike over pay

Frankfurt airport workers strike over pay

FRANKFURT: Around 200 workers at Frankfurt airport, Europe's third-busiest, went on strike over pay Thursday forcing 150 flights to be cancelled and risking Europe-wide air travel disruption. In the first of two planned days of warning strikes, the airport's so-called "apron control" staff -- who direct aircraft in and out of their parking positions -- halted work at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT). Of the 1,250 flights planned for Thursday, 150 had been cancelled as of the afternoon, according to an official of Fraport, the company which owns and operates Germany's biggest airport. Initially, the GdF air traffic workers union had planned only one day of action, until 10:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Thursday. But it was decided to repeat the strike again from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm (0700-2100 GMT) on Friday to increase the pressure on Fraport. The move was heavily criticised not only by Fraport...

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