All flights departing from and arriving at Berlin-Brandenburg airport were canceled on Wednesday January 25 due to a strike by ground staff, who consider the salary increases proposed by management insufficient, announced the airport and staff representatives. About 300 take-offs and landings with nearly 35,000 passengers were initially planned for the day, the airport recalled on Monday, inviting the passengers concerned to contact their airline to find out about alternative solutions.
The Verdi union, which has called for a strike, is demanding a salary increase of 500 euros per month over twelve months for the 6,000 members of the assistance and security staff at Berlin airport. He believes that the current collective bargaining is not making significant progress and hopes through this warning strike to put pressure on management.
“The current proposals of the employer remain largely behind compared to the demands of the employees, both in terms of the increase and the duration”, estimated the union with public television. Verdi is counting on the participation of 1,500 employees in the twenty-four hour work stoppage. Flights will resume on Thursday morning, the airport said.
The inflation records recorded in recent months in Germany, with a peak of 10.4% in October 2022, have strained annual wage negotiations in the country’s various sectors of activity. The German postal service experienced a stoppage of several days last week, more than 15,000 employees having stopped working, also at the call of the Verdi union, which is demanding a 15% increase in wages. In addition, the employees of German industry had led a series of walkouts in the fall during collective negotiations, which had concluded with a wage increase of 8.5% over two years.