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Further delays as German airport security strikes continue

Travelers could face fresh inconvenience at airports in Düsseldorf and Cologne Thursday as strikes by Germany’s transit security union continue. The dispute has inconvenienced travelers for a week.

The union Verdi announced that labor representatives would meet with management on Thursday to try to resolve the dispute. Still, the strikes could continue through Friday.

At Hamburg airport, about 140 flights were canceled on Wednesday - with the action moving to Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports on Thursday.

"We will work together to prepare a runway so that we can land a sustainable wage solution," Verdi official Peter Bremme said.

The strikes are just the latest in a series of work stoppages called by Verdi, Germany's biggest services-sector union, to back up its call for improved security personnel wages. The union argues that the majority of workers who play a key role in protecting passengers are underpaid.

In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, security staff on the 3:30-10 a.m. (0230-0900 UTC) shift at the Düsseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports were instructed to take Thursday morning off, meaning flight cancellations and lengthy delays at both.

mkg/msh (Reuters, AFP, dpa)