Strike over pay grounds all flights at Berlin airport

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© Reuters. A view reveals empty check-in counters and kiosks, throughout a basic strike by workers over pay calls for, on the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Schoenefeld close to Berlin, Germany January 25, 2023. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

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BERLIN (Reuters) -All flights have been cancelled at Germany’s BER airport within the capital Berlin on Wednesday, the operator stated, as employees went on strike for the day to press pay calls for.

About 300 take-offs and landings with almost 35,000 passengers have been initially deliberate for Wednesday. The strike started at round 3:30 a.m. (0230 GMT).

The Ver.di union referred to as on airport employees in floor companies, aviation safety and on the airport firm to strike within the wage dispute. It referred to as the one-day work stoppage over what it stated was inadequate progress within the three parallel wage talks.

“We hope that the stress is sufficient,” stated union consultant Enrico Ruemker, including that the aim was motion on the negotiations.

He stated the airport firm had made a collective bargaining provide for a 24-month time period below which salaries would improve by 3% on June 1 and by one other 2% on Could 1 subsequent 12 months.

“Once you see how excessive the inflation price is and contemplate that the colleagues from this space haven’t had a wage improve for a lot of, a few years, this provide is after all a slap within the face for the colleagues,” Ruemker stated.

The German authorities was set on Wednesday to launch its annual financial report. A supply advised Reuters {that a} draft of this report forecast 6% inflation this 12 months and a pair of.8% for 2024.

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