Strike grounds almost 300 flights at Frankfurt

February 17, 2012 17:13

FRANKFURT - Almost 300 flights were cancelled at Frankfurt, Europe's third largest airport, on Friday after a small group of ground crew resumed a strike over pay and warned the action could continue next week.

The GdF trade union called on 200 workers to strike after failing to reach a pay deal with airport operator Fraport , which says the workers' demands are too high.

A spokesman for the GdF union said while no strike action was planned for the weekend, they could resume action next week if Fraport did not meet their demands. They must give 24 hours' notice before any further strike action.

The union called the strike for 1400-2100 GMT on Thursday and 0700-2100 GMT on Friday. It wants higher pay because the workers' jobs have become more complex with the fourth runway that started operating in October.

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