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Hundreds of flights canceled in Germany amid strikes

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Passengers wait at closed counters at the international airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, yesterday.

BERLIN (AP):

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Germany after government workers started short-term strikes affecting eight cities' airports ahead of a new round of wage negotiations.

Nearly 400 flights at Frankfurt airport alone were cancelled yesterday morning after airport firefighters walked off the job. Public-sector workers doing ground handling, security checks and other jobs were also participating in the strikes affecting flights in Munich, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Hannover, Bremen, Berlin and Hamburg.

The ver.di union is looking for a six per cent pay rise for its two million members, with negoti-ations scheduled to resume today.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called the strikes "completely dispro-portionate" and unnecessary, saying the government had offered an increase of three percent and other concessions.

"We should talk about that first, before striking," he said.