Hamburg Airport staff strike forces flight cancellations

BERLIN (AP) — A strike by the ground staff at Germany’s Hamburg Airport has caused the cancellation of more than 50 flights.

The ver.di labor union called ground staff out on a one-day strike starting at 3am yesterday. The walkout was announced on Sunday evening.

The airport said airlines had canceled 58 of the day’s scheduled 388 departures and arrivals at the airport in northern Germany by yesterday morning. It said further cancellations and delays couldn’t be ruled out.

The union is seeking a pay increase for nearly 1,000 ground staff at the airport, including workers who handle planes, luggage and airport buses. It is seeking a 275 euro (USD315) per month raise for all and said management’s offer so far is insufficient.