Following the start of new strikes at German airports, the Federal Association of the German Aircraft Industry (BDL) harshly criticized Verdi’s union. The renewed call “stretches both sides of the arc of a warning strike,” BDL chief executive Matthias von Randow said on Tuesday. Although neither the airports nor the airlines are in a collective bargaining conflict with Verdi, “this strike mainly affects air traffic and many thousands of travellers.”
The BDL went on to say that this was “unfair” and made it difficult for companies in the industry and their employees to revive their economy after the Corona crisis. He spoke of a “disproportionate and widespread paralysis of air traffic.” In doing so, Verdi is laying the “groundwork for a policy of collective bargaining and responsible industrial action.”
The aviation association brings together the interests of German airlines, airports and air traffic control, among others. He is not sitting at the negotiating table in the current tariff conflict: there Verdi and the Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS) are discussing more money for the approximately 25,000 security forces at German commercial airports.
In the stalled pay dispute, Verdi had called strikes again on Tuesday and work stoppages were planned at eight airports. According to the German airport association ADV, the strikes are likely to affect tens of thousands of passengers. The ADV also harshly criticized Monday.
Another industry association, the Federal Association of German Airlines (BDF), has come out in favor of the federal government examining other forms of organization and financing for sovereign aviation security controls. “Again, we have to see how Verdi takes air travelers hostage to enforce his demands, some of which affect professional groups that have nothing to do with passenger controls at airports,” said the director general of BDF, Michael Engel.
The existing structure, according to which the State takes charge of passenger controls as a sovereign task and commissions private security service providers to carry out the controls, makes all those involved “vulnerable to blackmail”, criticized the FBD. The costs of this have doubled in the last ten years. The federal government must now quickly examine alternative organizational structures and cheaper implementation.