FRANKFURT, March 23 German union Verdi has
struck a wage agreement with Spanish ground handling services
group Acciona, averting strikes at Frankfurt airport, Germany's
Verdi has been seeking higher pay for ground staff at a
number of German airports, including Frankfurt, Stuttgart and
Berlin, and has organised strikes that led to hundreds of flight
cancellations and stranded passengers across Germany.
In Frankfurt, hub to German flagship airline Lufthansa
, around 800 ground crew will receive a pay increase of
1.15 euros an hour in three steps, equivalent to an average wage
hike of around 9 percent, the union said on Thursday.
In addition, workers will receive an additional day of paid
vacation from their fifth year with the company, plus one more a
The union said talks were complicated by the fact Acciona's
concession agreement for Frankfurt airport will run out soon and
the German state of Hesse has tendered a new contract.
"If Acciona should keep the concession, further issues will
be negotiated," it said, adding a decision on the matter was
expected in May.
Verdi earlier this month agreed to mediation in a wage
dispute at Berlin's two airports, Tegel and Schoenefeld, that
had paralysed air travel to and from Germany's capital.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Mark Potter)