World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 13 Mar, 2021 05:00 am

Industrial action at WISAG: How the European Union deregulated ground services

Industrial action at WISAG: How the European Union deregulated ground services
In their three-month struggle at Frankfurt Airport, the WISAG ground staff confront the results of deregulation introduced by the European Union and Social Democratic Party, aided by the trade unions.

” Internationally, the assault on airport workers began in August 1981 in the USA, when 14,000 air traffic controllers went on strike against low wages and intolerable working conditions.President Ronald Reagan decided to make an example of them, firing all the air traffic controllers and breaking up their union, PATCO.The reactionary Reagan was able to do this because the AFL-CIO isolated the air traffic controllers and sabotaged their strike.All air traffic was deregulated.

Whereas a few large airlines, mostly state-owned in Europe, had dominated air traffic, offering relatively well-paid and secure jobs, it was now the turn of the low-cost airlines.To compensate, it wants to continue to rely on temporary workers in its two ground services companies, WISAG Ground Services (WGS) and WISAG Passage Services (WPaS), even after the end of the pandemic.

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