Germany - Third party damages resulting from industrial action - September 30, 2016

The Federal Labour Court has ruled that third parties, which are indirectly affected by strike action, are not entitled to damages. In a global labour column, the decision is commented. According to the author, the decision is tremendously important beyond German borders in upholding workers’ right to strike. The ruling was made after strike action by air traffic controllers at Stuttgart Airport in March 2009 against the airport operator. Business was affected and several airlines claimed for damages, but the court, basing its judgement on common principles of tort law, ruled against the claims for compensation that were being made by the affected airlines.

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