Salary strike at Berlin airport all flights : Operator

BERLIN — Staff at Germany’s BER airport in the capital Berlin went on strike on Wednesday over wage demands and the airport operator said all scheduled passenger flights were canceled as a result.

Around 300 take-offs and landings with just under 35,000 passengers were originally scheduled for Wednesday.

The Ver.di union has called on airport ground services, aviation security and airport company staff to strike over the pay dispute. He called the one-day work stoppage what he said was insufficient progress in wage negotiations.

People wait with their luggage during a general employee strike for wage demands at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld near Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2023.
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“We hope the pressure will be enough,” said union representative Enrico Ruemker, adding that the goal was the movement during the negotiations.

He said the airport company had made a 24-month collective bargaining offer under which wages would rise by 3% on June 1 and another 2% on May 1 next year.

Luggage is seen next to empty check-in kiosks during a general strike by employees for wage demands at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld near Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2023.


The departure board shows canceled flights during a general employee strike over wage demands at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld near Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2023.

The departure board shows canceled flights during a general employee strike over wage demands at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld near Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2023.


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Passengers look at departure boards showing canceled flights during a general strike by employees over wage demands, at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld near Berlin, January 25, 2023.

Passengers look at departure boards showing canceled flights during a general strike by employees over wage demands, at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld near Berlin, January 25, 2023.


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“When you see how high the inflation rate is and consider that colleagues in this region haven’t had a pay raise for many, many years, this offer is of course a slap in the face for colleagues “, Ruemker said.

The German government was due to publish its annual economic report on Wednesday. A source told Reuters that a draft of this report forecast inflation of 6% this year and 2.8% for 2024.

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