Union ver.di sharply criticizes the employer DSW at Düsseldorf Airport / Unions / Economy / report-d.de

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DSW was commissioned with the passenger control at Düsseldorf Airport

Since the German Protection and Guard Service (DSW) took over the passenger controls at Düsseldorf Airport, the relationship between the workforce and the employer has apparently been crunching. On June 1, 2020, DSW took over the task of succeeding Kötter Aviation and thus a large part of the employees. The union ver.di accuses the DSW of wanting to thwart a works meeting. It is also criticized that the management has still not introduced itself to the employees.

Disappointing communication

The Federal Ministry of the Interior for the implementation of passenger controls had awarded the contract for Düsseldorf Airport to DSW on June 1, 2020. As part of a transfer of operations, most of the employees switched from Kötter Aviation, which was previously responsible, to DSW. As a result of the corona pandemic, several works meetings have been organized for part of the workforce since October 2020, as an event for all employees would have exceeded the number of people permitted by the corona requirements. The DSW management did not take part in any of the meetings or personally introduce itself to the workforce in any other way. The union representatives criticize this, because even in Corona times, employees have a legal right to direct communication with the employer in order to address operational problems.

Digital works meeting

In order to organize a works meeting for everyone this year, the works council planned a meeting in digital form. This has also proven itself at other airports. In Section 129 of the Works Constitution Act, a special regulation was introduced by the legislator on the occasion of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to take into account the difficulties of face-to-face meetings or assemblies. The regulation applies until June 30, 2021. Nevertheless, the DSW refused to bear the costs for the Webex Meetings video conferencing tool for holding the works meeting. The union reacted indignantly and accused the employer of trying to thwart the meeting. This was followed by the passage to the labor court. The negotiation ended with the judge’s suggestion that the DSW should provide the Webex video conferencing platform. The deadline to comply with this proposal ends these days.

Statement by the DSW

When asked by report-D, DSW managing director Peter Lange emphasized on Tuesday (May 18): “The German security and security service at Düsseldorf Airport does not deny its works council the right to hold works meetings digitally. We consider transparent communication with our workforce to be sensible and necessary at all times, but especially in times of Corona. An open discussion culture and fair cooperation are important to us. For an online works meeting, we also bear all costs incurred without restriction. The works council proposed a video platform for holding a digital meeting, which after careful examination does not comply with data protection regulations. For this reason we could not approve the use of this platform. We communicated this decision to the works council in writing. We regret that the works council sought to enforce its request through a court. “In a constructive dialogue with our works council, we hope to find a solution for holding a digital works meeting quickly.”

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The number of passengers has fallen sharply due to the corona pandemic, which is why many employees have been put on short-time work

More criticism

But the mood among DSW employees is not only bad because of the works meeting. The union representatives speak of significant problems with the company. For example, employees were financially disadvantaged in terms of continued pay in the event of illness. Employees were punished with being transferred to short-time work due to incomplete uniforms caused by the DSW. In addition, there were dismissals due to illness and vacation cuts in the further course. Because of incorrect pay slips, the works council should have initiated decision-making procedures against the employer in several cases.

The employees in Düsseldorf had hoped that the DSW would pursue the family-friendly approach as a subsidiary of the Piepenbrock group of companies. But the union ver.di sums up: “It seems as if the company from Osnabrück is only looking into the problems after considerable pressure. According to the motto: where there is no plaintiff, there is no judge! ”.

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