Almost 640 flights in Germany were cancelled on Thursday January 10th as security personnel went on strikes at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports in a bid to put pressure on management in pay dispute talks, Reuters has reported.
Out of 1,054 scheduled flights in total, 643 were cancelled, the airports said, adding that many of its passengers, which average 115,000 per day, would be affected with significant delays at security checkpoints.
Public sector union Verdi said it was negotiating on behalf of 23,000 security workers in Germany, adding that wage talks are to resume on January 23rd. The Verdi union wants a pay rise to €20 ($23) per hour for security staff, from the present rate of €17.
Earlier this week, Berlin's two airports Tegel and Schoenefeld suffered "warning strikes" with around 50 departures cancelled.