Berlin The Verdi union started an almost 24-hour industrial dispute at Berlin Airport on Wednesday morning, completely paralyzing operations. The airport operator FBB has already canceled all of the approximately 300 take-offs and landings originally planned at BER. Around 35,000 passengers are affected.
Verdi expects a very large participation in the industrial action in the ground handling services, the airport company and aviation security. The union justifies the strike by saying that there is not enough progress in collective bargaining for the approximately 6,000 employees in the three areas.
“Whether there are more strikes depends on what happens at the negotiating table and whether employers change their minds,” Verdi expert Enrico Rümker told the Reuters news agency on Monday. The aim of the industrial action is to achieve better working conditions. “The limit has been reached for many employees,” explained Rümker, who is also Verdi negotiator for ground staff. “The stress is unbelievable, there is a lack of staff.”