German airport strikes have forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights

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Airport workers across northern Germany are set to strike on Monday, forcing hundreds of flights to be canceled and tens of thousands of passengers expected to be affected.

Regional union Verdi called for workers to strike at Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen airports. Security workers at Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport are on strike after a failed collective bargaining agreement over pay for night and weekend work.

The joint action is the latest in a number of labor demonstrations across Europe this winter.

A strike at Berlin Airport has forced the cancellation of 200 departing flights, affecting 27,000 passengers. Notice said the city’s website.

Hamburg Airport warned “Regular departures are not possible” from Sunday 10pm to Monday 11pm. The airport said that arriving flights are “still possible” but may be delayed or cancelled. At least 123 departing flights scheduled for Monday will be affected, and 121 arriving flights are likely to be delayed or canceled, the airport said. More than 30,000 passengers may be affected, it said.

The airport said flights on Saturday and Tuesday were “overbooked” to compensate for the cancellations.

Lufthansa said in an email that it expects “massive disruptions to flight operations and a significant number of flight cancellations” in Germany on Monday.

The airline is notifying customers, offering alternative flight routes and, if possible, rebooking on trains, a Lufthansa spokesman said, noting that the strike was a dispute between the union and the airports, not the airlines. Operations are expected to return to normal from Tuesday, the spokesman said.

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Germany is not alone in suffering from strikes this winter. Around half a million workers – from teachers to bus drivers and airport staff – walked off the job in Britain last month amid disputes over pay and working conditions. Britain, like many European countries, has been hit by rampant inflation and rising costs of living since the war in Ukraine, which has contributed to rising prices for food and fuel.

Britain came to a standstill as half a million workers went on strike

Last week, thousands of French workers protested French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. The French Senate passed the measure on Saturday evening.

French strikes that disrupted flights, trains and public transport last week are expected to resume on Wednesday as the bill is expected to be reviewed by lawmakers. Reuters reported.

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