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Schiphol security guards plan strike

Europe’s third-biggest airport is likely to be disrupted when the 24-hour strike takes place in early September.

Security guards at Europe’s third-biggest airport say they will stage a 24-hour strike on September 4 in protest at poor pay rises.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has reacted by saying it is not yet clear how this could affect the travel plans of the 200,000 passengers expected to use the airport on that day.

But it urged the security companies and the unions, FNV and CNV, to resolve their dispute.

The unions want a 3% pay increase for the guards this year and more time off between shifts, but the employers are offering a pay rise only by 2019.

Two weeks’ notice
A significant number of the 4,500 security guards at Schiphol are expected to join the strike, the news agency Reuters reports.

“Almost all the guards joined in shorter work stoppages and there is a great willingness to take actions further,” said Mohamed Gafki, a union spokesman.

“We have given the airport two weeks’ notice so they can make arrangements with airlines and also to give the security companies time to come up with a better offer.”

Gafki was referring to several short strikes in recent weeks that resulted in longer lines for passengers but no disruption to flights.

However, the next anticipated strike would be more damaging due to its length and the fact that early September is a busy time at Europe’s airports as many people return from their summer holidays.

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