Security staff to stage strike at Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport

Union workers are scheduled to walk out of Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport, between 2 am and 8 pm on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 11 January 2019
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Security staff to stage strike at Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport

  • Earlier strikes resulted in the cancelation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports

BERLIN: A German labor union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.
The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.
The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.
Ver.di says it’s still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for some 23,000 security staff.
Earlier strikes resulted in the cancelation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.
The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to €20 ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-percent increase in some cases.


Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

Updated 23 March 2019
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Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

  • Cook’s comments come as Apple weathers sinking sales in China
  • Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets

BEIJING: Apple chief executive Tim Cook nudged China on Saturday to open up and said the future would depend on global collaboration, as the United States and China remained locked in a bitter trade dispute.
“We encourage China to continue to open up, we see that as essential, not only for China to reach its full potential, but for the global economy to thrive,” Cook said at a China Development Forum in Beijing.
Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets, some analysts worry that its reform project has slowed or even stalled under President Xi Jinping, who has sought greater control over the economy and a bigger role for state-owned firms at the expense of the private sector.
Cook’s comments come as Apple weathers sinking sales in China because of a contracting smartphone market, increasing pressure from Chinese rivals, and slowing upgrade cycles. The company reported a revenue drop of 26 percent in the greater China region during the quarter ending in December.
Before those results came out, in a January letter to investors, Cook blamed the company’s poor China performance on trade tension between the United States and China, suggesting that pressure on the economy was hurting sales in China.