Germany: Verdi union stages protest at Frankfurt airport over job loss fears

German trade union Verdi staged a protest at the Frankfurt International Airport on Friday, along with several other airports across the country, demanding that aviation jobs be protected as part of government bailout deals to major airlines. «Since the first of April 2020 we have been put into furlough. And many colleagues are afraid for their jobs. And now Lufthansa wants to sink the grant for the furlough,» said Verdi representative Marina Kunzumir. At least 500 groundworkers and other airline employees were registered for the event, giving speeches highlighting the poor track record of aviation giants such as Lufthansa and RyanAir in respecting workers and union rights. Fraport AG, the company which manages operations at Frankfurt International Airport, recently announced 4,000 job cuts to its workforce, and the 9 billion euro ($10.1 billion) bailout of Lufthansa is set to be voted on by its shareholders next week.

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