Germany: Renewed strikes in aviation security – disproportionate and excessive

April 19, 2023

On Thursday and Friday, aviation security workers will strike again at several German airports, although negotiations are due to continue on 27 and 28 April 2023. The employers’ side had signalled a willingness to compromise in the last round of negotiations.

“This strike lacks any proportionality and is completely excessive,” said Rainer Friebertshäuser, head of the collective bargaining commission of the BDLS. They had tried to find a solution within the bounds of what was economically feasible. In the union’s statements, the state of negotiations is deliberately presented in a negative light.

The fact is that the following offer was already made before the last round of negotiations:

  • Increase in holiday pay from 100% to 125%.
  • Increase in night pay from 15 % to 20 % from 22-6 h
  • Treat Whit Sunday and Easter Sunday as public holidays.
  • Increase overtime pay from 25% to 30%.
  • Improve start of overtime for part-time workers
  • Abolition of a credit for the night bonus

In addition, the introduction of executive bonuses was offered.

As it stands, the offer already represents an enormous financial burden. Again and again it is forgotten that in addition to this, pay increases were realised from 1 April 2023. “We can only concede as much in the negotiations as the companies can cope with. No one is helped if they get into financial difficulties. There is a limit that we will not be able to cross even after further strike days,” Friebertshäuser concluded. The strike measures unfortunately affect uninvolved passengers and all companies in the air transport industry, yet the association will not allow itself to be blackmailed.

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