Berlin airport security staff strike disrupts flights

Ver.di has said employers “provoked” the strike by offering a pay increase of 2 percent over two years.

7 January 2019 | 13:29

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 7 January 2019 | 13:29

Passengers queue for bus transport during a wage strike by ground staff at Berlin’s Tegel airport on March 10, 2017. (AFP / Tobias Schwarz)

BERLIN: Security staff at Berlin’s two airports are staging a strike that is causing disruption to flights.

The ver.di union called on staff at the German capital’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to walk off the job from 5 to 8:45 a.m. (0400 to 0745 GMT) Monday.

German news agency dpa reported that airlines including Lufthansa, Easyjet, Ryanair and Aeroflot canceled flights ahead of the walkout. Several flights were significantly delayed.

Ver.di has said employers “provoked” the strike by offering a pay increase of 2 percent over two years.

The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($22.81). Employer association BDLS says this could amount to a 30 percent increase in some cases.

The next round of talks is due on Jan. 23.


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