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Strikes at 2 German airports over wage dispute for civil servants


BERLIN (AP) — Nearly all flights at Germany’s Cologne-Bonn Airport and most at nearby Dusseldorf have been canceled or diverted…

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly all flights at Germany’s Cologne Bonn Airport and most at nearby Dusseldorf were canceled or rerouted on Monday as strikes also hit local transport, daycare centers and local administration in Germany’s most populous region.

Cologne-Bonn airport said all but two of the day’s 136 scheduled flights would neither depart nor arrive there, Germany’s dpa news agency reported. In Düsseldorf, only 89 of the planned 330 flights were expected to take place as planned, while the rest were cancelled.

The one-day “warning strike” by airport security personnel comes amid difficult wage negotiations for employees of Germany’s federal and municipal governments and for airport security personnel.

The strikes scheduled for Monday would also affect buses and trams in parts of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as daycare centers and other services.

Unions are aiming for a 10.5% wage increase, while employers have so far offered a total of 5% increase in two stages and one-off payments of 2,500 euros ($2,630) per worker – which unions have rejected as insufficient.

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