Germany deploys temporary foreign workers to ease staff shortages at German airports


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of the COVID-19 testing center at Duesseldorf n Duesseldorf Airport, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay / File Photo


BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will allow foreign workers to enter to fill staff shortages at German airports as a temporary solution, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday, citing interior ministers services, transport and labour.

Airport operators across Europe, including Germany, have struggled with staff shortages to handle passenger flows as travel demand picks up again as most COVID-19 restrictions come to an end stop.

Images of travelers waiting in long lines at security checkpoints at Duesseldorf airport earlier this week showed the scale of the shortfall that has caused chaos during the holiday season.

The Ministry of the Interior, Labor and Transport will start a joint campaign to recruit temporary foreign staff to work at German airports, Bild said, adding that the shortage about 2,000 to 3,000 employees at these airports.

The campaign aims to bring the number of skilled workers from Turkey to Germany to 4 digits, which can be rolled out in a few months from July.

Labor Minister Hubertus Heil said employers must pay collective wages and provide decent accommodation for a certain period of time.

“We want to rule out any form of exploitation and social dumping,” Heil is quoted by Bild.

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