Planes. Ground workers of Berlin airports on strike: almost all flights cancelled
Berlin, Germany - The local union continues the protest for the new collective agreement: workers ask increased salary and better working conditions
The Verdi union that represents the ground workers of the airports of Berlin (Germany) declared the 25 hour-long strike that since 4:00 am of this morning is interrupting the operations of the two airports of the German capital, Schoenefeld and Tegel. Except for very few exceptions, basically all arrival and departure flights were cancelled, about 195 planes in Schonefeld and 465 in Tegel -with a total of 660- that summed to those which were cancelled on last Friday exceed 1200 flights. The protest is in fact the continuation of the one that started last week for the renewal of the collective agreement. The union wants an increase of about one euro in the hourly wage, motivating its request with the bigger workload for employees which followed the increase of passenger traffic and the required commitment to security. The management offered instead an additional 8% in three years, possibility which was discarded by the Verdi union representative Enrico Ruemker. The strike should end by 5:00 am on Tuesday morning, but it is not excluded that it could continue until Wednesday.
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