MOSCOW, (Sputnik) — Germany’s Hamburg Airport was closed on Monday due to a 24-hour strike by security staff members, local media reported.
“We are closing the airport’s terminals as it is too overcrowded. Passengers are advised not to come to the airport. Please, contact the airlines,” the airport posted on Twitter.
Flying out of @HamburgAirport tomorrow Mon 9th? Security personnel has announced full day strike, please check w/ your airline and airport!— Hamburg Aviation (@HAM_aviation) February 8, 2015
At least 40,000 passengers were affected by the strike, as about a quarter of flights were cancelled and many others hit by long delays.
The trade union is demanding a salary raise for security workers in the Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In Particular, they want a pay rise for workers who conduct pre-flight security checks on passengers and luggage of between 70 cents and 2.50 euros per hour ($0-79 — $2.83 US).
Services at German airports have been affected by several strikes in the past few months. In late 2014, German carrier Lufthansa’s pilots protested against proposed changes in company's retirement package.