Vienna flights hit – strike at Berlin BER airport has started

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One of the most memorable warning strikes in recent years has begun at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER). A Verdi spokesperson confirmed this on Wednesday morning. The union called on the 6,000 employees of the airport company, ground handling services and aviation security to stop working at 11:59 p.m. As a result, no passenger traffic can be processed at BER on Wednesdays. In total, about 300 flights with 35,000 passengers have been affected.

On the route between Berlin and Vienna, nine flights were canceled on Wednesday, including five outward and four return flights, a spokeswoman for the airport in Schwechat and the press service of Austrian Airlines (AUA) said on Wednesday when asked. In relation to the total number of flights at Schwechat Airport, the effects are therefore minor. The AUA will actively inform affected passengers of changes or rebookings, it said. She did advise passengers to check the status of their flight on the AUA website in good time.

Employees demand 500 euros more per month
The German trade union Verdi is demanding 500 euros more wages per month for the employees of the airport company and the ground handling services with a collective labor agreement of twelve months. In both negotiations, the employer demands a considerably longer contract period.

The last major warning strike with similar consequences was several years ago: in April 2018, hundreds of flights across Germany had to be canceled because collective bargaining for municipal and federal employees did not progress.

Source: Krone

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