* Strike to run 0100-2200 GMT Friday
* Verdi says could cause significant disruption
* Union wants higher pay for staff
* Queues and delays to be expected
(Adds Lufthansa flight cancellations)
FRANKFURT, Feb 20 German trade union Verdi has
called on security workers at Frankfurt airport to go on strike
on Friday in a bid to push for higher pay, a move likely to
cause widespread disruption at Europe's third largest hub.
The airport employs around 5,000 people in areas such as
security controls, freight checks and airport security and
services, Verdi said in a statement on Thursday.
The strike will begin at 0100 GMT and run until 2200 GMT,
the union said.
"We believe this could cause significant disruption," Verdi
negotiator Mathias Venema said.
Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa said
on Thursday it would cancel 15 domestic and pan-European flights
on Friday morning due to the planned strike.
Employers' association BDSW, the subject of the strike
action, said it would try to bring in staff from other airports,
as it did earlier this week with a related strike at the
regional Hahn airport.
Airport operator Fraport said it would have extra
staff on hand to help organise expected queues in the terminals
at check-ins and security controls.
A spokesman recommended passengers arrive earlier than
normal and use online check-in services.
"I can't speculate on the level of disruption but we will do
everything to keep the airport running," he said.
Lufthansa, which operates around two-thirds of the
flights flying into and out of Frankfurt, said the strike could
lead to disruption but it was too early to speculate on delays
The union is calling for a hourly pay rate of 16 euros
($22.01) for employees in the state of Hesse and said employers
had offered between 10 euros and 13 euros an hour. Workers in
other states get up to around 15 euros a hour, it said.
A spokeswoman for the BDSW said the association remained
ready to negotiate, but that it could not meet Verdi's demands
for immediate pay increases of in some cases up to 30 percent.
The next meeting between the two sides is due to take place
on March 5.
($1 = 0.7271 euros)
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Peter Maushagen; Editing by
Maria Sheahan and David Evans)