Germany to deploy temporary foreign workers to alleviate staff shortages at German airports, reports Bild am Sonntag

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BERLIN, June 26 (Reuters) – Germany will temporarily allow the entry of foreign workers to fill staff shortages at German airports, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday, citing interior, transport and labor ministers .

Airport operators across Europe, including in Germany, have been grappling with staff shortages to handle passenger flow as travel demand rebounds with the end of most COVID-19 restrictions. Read more

Photos of travelers queuing at Düsseldorf airport security checkpoints earlier this week showed the scale of the shortage that caused chaos over the festive period.

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The interior, labor and transport ministries will launch a joint campaign to bring temporary foreign employees to work at German airports, Bild said, adding there was a shortage of around 2,000 to 3,000 employees. at airports.

The campaign aims to bring four-figure numbers of skilled workers from Turkey to Germany, who could be deployed for a few months from July.

Labor Minister Hubertus Heil said employers must pay collective wages and provide decent housing for a limited time.

“We want to exclude all forms of social dumping and exploitation,” Heil said, as quoted by Bild.

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Report by Riham Alkousaa

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