©Reuters. A view shows empty check-in counters and kiosks during a general strike by employees over wage demands at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Schoenefeld near Berlin January 25, 2023. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi 2/5
BERLIN (Reuters) – All flights at Germany’s BER airport in the capital Berlin were canceled on Wednesday, the operator said, as workers for the day went on strike to enforce wage demands.
Around 300 take-offs and landings with almost 35,000 passengers were originally planned for Wednesday. The strike began around 3:30 a.m. (0230 GMT).
The trade union Ver.di called on the airport employees in ground service, aviation security and the airport company to go on strike in the wage dispute. She called for the one-day work stoppage over insufficient progress in the three parallel wage negotiations.
“We hope that the pressure will be sufficient,” said union representative Enrico Rümker, adding that the goal is movement in the negotiations.
He said the airport company had made a tariff offer for a 24-month period, according to which salaries would increase by 3% on June 1 and another 2% on May 1 next year.
“When you see how high the inflation rate is and consider that colleagues from this area have not received a salary increase for many, many years, this offer is of course a slap in the face for colleagues,” said Rümker.
The federal government published its annual economic report on Wednesday. A source told Reuters that a draft of that report projects inflation at 6% this year and 2.8% in 2024.