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German court bans strike at airport

Frankfurt airport ground workers have been ordered back to work by a German labour court after sporadic strikes over the past week caused hundreds of flight cancellations and delays at Europe's third busiest hub.

The Frankfurt court ruled in favour of airport operator Fraport AG and airline Lufthansa, which had to cancel another 140 flights because of the walkout on Wednesday.

It said the strike violated German labour laws.

Fraport has sharply criticised GdF union demands for double-digit pay rises, while the union says it just wants the 200 Frankfurt ground workers' salaries brought in line with what other airports pay.

The last round of talks between the two sides collapsed acrimoniously on Friday.

GdF says it will appeal against the ruling.

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