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Germany braces for travel disruptions as security staff at largest airport to strike

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Arne Dedert/dpa via AP

BERLIN — A German labor union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.

The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.

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The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.

Ver.di said it is still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for around 23,000 security staff.

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Earlier strikes resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.

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The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros. Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-percent increase in some cases.

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Frankfurt is the main hub for Germany’s biggest airline, Lufthansa. The company said Friday that it will publish planned cancellations on its website on Sunday afternoon and that it expects a “significant” impact on flights.

Lufthansa said that passengers with a flight from Frankfurt can rebook for free onto another flight between Jan. 11 and Jan. 20.

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