A one-day strike of security personnel at Dusseldorf Airport has caused the cancelation of 172 flights out of a total of 593 flights scheduled for the day. The walkout of 250 workers is said to be a warning as they demand higher pay. This is a common tactic used by unions in Germany to put pressure on their employers.
The ver.di union is looking to gain a 30% pay raise this year for their private security workers, which includes approximately 2000 airport security personnel, as well as another 32,000 security workers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Employers have offered a raise of 9%. The union has staged previous strikes this year in Duesseldorf Airport, Cologne-Bonn Airport, and Hamburg Airport, where the workers are also seeking a pay raise.
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