Chaos in Germany is over: airport unions agree on wages

Chaos is over in Germany: airport unions agree on wages

Two German unions and an association aviation security, representing 25,000 industry workers, forced the government to agree to requirements for additional pay for night shifts, allowances for managers, and work on weekends and holidays.

At the same time, the association admits that “the agreement creates serious problems for employers, and it will not be easy to implement from an economic point of view.

Germany, Europe's largest economy, is facing high inflation, leading to a wave of strikes as workers demand higher wages to keep up with the rising cost of living.

According to European Union statistical service Eurostat, the annual inflation in the EU as of April reached seven percent. The inflation rate in Germany was 7.6 percent, while the lowest annual rates were registered in Luxembourg (2.7%), Belgium (3.3%) and Spain (3.8%).

On the other side of the list are the countries with the highest rates of inflation. These are Hungary (24.5%), Latvia (15%) and the Czech Republic (14.3%). Overall, annual inflation fell in 22 Member States and increased in five.

According to German media, about 700 flights were canceled in April due to strikes. The protests affected all airports in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn and Hamburg and disrupted the plans of less than 100,000 passengers.

In total, the number of passengers affected by the waves of Verdi strikes in the first three months of 2023 reached 900,000 passengers. The cessation of long-distance and regional traffic has led to chaos both in the air and on the ground.

The French also protested, but because President Emmanuel Macron proposed raising the retirement age, prompting thousands of workers to endure their anger on the streets and affected air travel in general.

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren previously urged the authorities to quickly address the global disruption to aviation due to absenteeism before tourists switch to other ways movement.

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