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Planned warning strikes at seven German airports are unreasonable and cause great damage

Seven German commercial airports will be the subject of strikes tomorrow (17 Feb) in the collective wage dispute between Verdi, the German trade union, and the employers. This will bring air traffic to these locations almost to a halt. Michael Hoppe, Chairman & Executive Director of BARIG (the German airline association for national and international airlines) comments:

“We find the warning strikes announced to be unreasonable and disproportionate. Collective bargaining disputes should be resolved at the negotiating table. However, these strikes are being conducted once more at the expense to several hundred thousand passengers in Germany as well as abroad. This is unacceptable that these disputes continue to paralyze large portions of an entire country’s infrastructure with huge repercussions for both passengers and businesses, especially in these uncertain economic times. Strikes cause significant disruptions to supply chains, resulting in hundreds of tons of freight being grounded around the globe. The transport of humanitarian aid supplies to the affected areas in Turkey and Syria will be severely impacted and unnecessarily complex. We urgently call on the conflict parties to resume negotiations and engage in constructive dialogue. This conflict must end immediately.

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