Berlin-Brandenburg Airport in chaos
About 300 flights cancelled or rescheduled, disruption for at least 35,000 passengers
All flights taking off from and arriving at Berlin-Brandenburg airport were cancelled today due to a 24-hour strike by staff at the German airport. According to the management company, around 300 flights have been canceled or rescheduled and at least 35,000 passengers have suffered inconvenience. The Ver.di union asks for wage increases after inflation in Germany is stable at 8.6%.
"Everyone knows the exorbitant price hike, both for food and fuel", Holger Roessler, union representative Ver.di told German media. Arms crossed for about 1500 employees. The goal of the workers' representatives is to increase pressure on the airport operator's managers in view of the next round of negotiations. The request are: to increase the monthly salary of 500 Euros for ground staff and more rest for security personnel.
Thanks to government intervention, inflation had fallen from 10.4% in October 2022 to 8.6% in December 2022. Already at the end of 2022, the largest German trade union IG Metall had obtained an agreement for a wage increase equal to 8.5%, commensurate with the rate of increase in prices. The beneficiaries were nearly four million workers employed in the sectors of the engineering industry, after organizing a series of warning strikes.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency