Strikes at Duesseldorf, Cologne airports continue

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 3:04 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Travelers at Germany's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports face a second day of flight cancelations and delays due to a strike by security personnel.

More than 50 flights were canceled Friday at Duesseldorf airport, Germany's third-busiest, and 26 at Cologne, German news agency dpa reported.

The walkout by a few hundred staff at the two airports started on Thursday morning and was expected to last until Friday evening. The ver.di union is seeking a roughly 30 percent pay increase for employees at security companies in North Rhine-Westphalia state, where the airports are located; employers argue that it has rejected a 9 percent raise for airport workers and that complying with the demand would cost jobs.

So-called warning strikes are used regularly as a tactic to increase pressure in German wage negotiations.

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