The German air controllers union Gewerkschaft der Flugsicherung (GDF) announced on the night of Monday to Tuesday, 28 February that he would harden his hunger strike at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany for the first and third in Europe, and that there was total paralysis of traffic Wednesday morning between 5:00 and 11:00.
For ten days, GDF, in conflict with the airport operator Fraport on wages, has already launched six-day strike of some two hundred controllers of aircraft on the ground, particularly in charge of managing the flow of aircraft on the tarmac . The strike led to the cancellation of about two hundred flights Monday, the same order of magnitude is expected for Tuesday.
But for now Fraport has managed through the use of personal retirement or specially trained to provide some 80% of flights almost every day. Intercontinental or have not been affected very little. GDF decided to call all the staff control towers to stop work Wednesday to show solidarity with ground controllers, according to a statement. "If the tower is on strike, in fact nothing moves," said Markus Siebers, board member of the union.
GDF expects broad participation in the movement of workers, "almost all" personnel employed in the control tower being a union member, he said. On Monday, Fraport had responded to threats of GDF to extend the strike, saying such a move "completely exaggerated and incomprehensible." Negotiations between GDF and Fraport have stalled, but the union has warned that he was willing to consider "several weeks" to strike.
For now, this is Lufthansa who was the victim of more movement, which affected mainly domestic routes. The German company, European number one, loses about one million euros per day to strike, a figure expected to skyrocket if the control towers stopped working.