Fraport: no redundancies for operational reasons

Unions and works councils have called on frankfurt airport operator fraport to forego compulsory redundancies in its response to the corona crisis.

He sees the main shareholders, the state of hesse and the city of frankfurt, as being responsible, said michael rudolph, head of the hesse branch of the german federation of trade unions (DGB), in frankfurt.

Fraport AG’s works council will negotiate a voluntary program with the management this month, announced works council chairwoman claudia amier. "We need very attractive severance packages and extended part-time work for employees up to the years 1964/1965."In addition, there is a need to talk about training programs for employees and part-time programs.

Fraport boss stefan schulte had announced that, due to the long-term corona slump, 3500 to 4000 of the approximately 22.000 jobs to be cut permanently, with redundancies no longer ruled out. According to schulte, passenger numbers at the home hub could still be 15 to 20 percent below the previous highs in 2022/2023, with correspondingly less work for the employees.

According to the group’s works council, around 18 employees are currently on the payroll.000 of the 22.000 fraport employees on short-time work at the site. Around 1,000 holders of fixed-term contracts have already left the company, said karin knappe, chairwoman of the group’s works council.

DGB head rudolph demanded that the operating subsidies available in the corona crisis be extended to companies with public shareholders as well. At the airport, at least one terminal is completely empty and the other partially empty. However, the mdax-listed group had reported that it had almost 3 billion euros in liquid funds and committed credit lines at its disposal. This would secure liquidity at least until the end of 2021.