- Title: GERMANY: STRIKE BY PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS DELAYS COMMUTERS NATIONWIDE.
- Date: 5th May 2000
- Summary: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (MAY 5, 2000)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. MV/GV: VARIOUS OF STRIKERS' RALLY (3 SHOTS) 0.30 2. (SOUNDBITE)(German) UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER SAYING: "It's nice that you are here, you know what it's all about. With this strike, we want to convey that we want an acceptable offer from the employers in the negotiations" 0.45 3. MV/GV: PEOPLE CHEERING (3 SHOTS) 1.00 4. CU: (SOUNDBITE)(German) STRIKER MIKE LUDWIG SAYING: "We should receive at least a five per cent wage increase because we are working more and more, but making less" 1.10 5. GV/MV: STRIKERS WALKING THROUGH GATE (2 SHOTS) 1.18 6. LV/GV: VARIOUS OF STRIKERS ON AIRPORT TARMAC WALKING TOWARDS AIRCRAFT (6 SHOTS) 1.56 HANOVER, GERMANY (MAY 5, 2000)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7. GV/CU: BUSES PARKED/ NOTE READING 'STRIKE' (2 SHOTS) 2.04 8. GV/MV/CU: POLICE VAN/ MARCHERS (4 SHOTS) 2.27 9. TV/PAN/TV: VARIOUS OF RALLY IN SQUARE (2 SHOTS) 2.42 10. GV: RUBBISH VANS PARKED 2.50 11. GV/PAN/CU/MV: RALLY/ BANNER 93 SHOTS) 3.08 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 20th May 2000 13:00
- Location: FRANKFURT AND HANOVER, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA28QQOA8N6QCACXTP601XLLZMH
- Story Text: A strike by German public sector workers delayed
flights at Frankfurt airport and held up commuters nationwide
as workers prepared for a new round of wages negotiations.
The Lufthansa airline predicted serious delays after
Frankfurt airport staff walked off the job for about two hours
on Friday (May 5), but said only two international flights had
been cancelled -- one to Moscow and another to London.
Germany's national carrier said most long-distance flights
should be unaffected.
Passengers travelling to internal and European destinations
were able to use their plane ticket to take the train,
The 3.1 million-strong OeTV public sector union, which
wants a five per cent pay increase, said it expected the
government to come up with a new offer ahead of talks due to
start in Stuttgart later on Friday (1500 GMT).
The union is demanding a five percent raise across the
board and for workers in the ex-communist east of the country
to receive pay that is equivalent to their western
The government has rejected their demand, instead offering
increases in line with inflation -- expected to be about 1.2
per cent in 2000 and 0.7 per cent in 2001.
At a rally in Frankfurt, striker Mike Ludwig said: "We
should receive at least a five per cent wage increase because
we are working more and more, but making less."
A first round of talks before Easter ended without a deal.
OeTV said it had organised morning stoppages in transport
networks in five large regions: Bavaria; Baden-Wuerttemberg;
Thuringen; Hessen; and Lower Saxony.
Rubbish collectors, kindergarten workers and other
officials also staged short strikes, while in the biggest
protest action of the day, 7,000 demonstrators took to the
streets in the northern city of Hanover.
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