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Planned strike expands to Frankfurt, other German airports

January 13, 2019
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, file photo a Lufthansa aircraft prepares to land at the International Airport in Frankfurt, Germany. A German labor union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in a dispute over pay. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union has expanded a planned strike by security staff at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday to include several other airports, including Hamburg.

News agency dpa reported that the ver.di union on Sunday announced the one-day walkout at Hamburg, two days after calling the strike at Frankfurt, Germany’s busiest hub.

Walkouts are also expected Tuesday at the smaller Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports.

The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says the amount could amount to a 30-percent increase in some cases.

Ver.di says it’s waiting for employers to make a negotiable offer for around 23,000 security staff.

Earlier strikes resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations at the airports in Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin.

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