** Berlin Airport Face Strike, Ground Staff Scowling over Salary Proposal **
A 24-hour strike was called for Wednesday at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, leaving 300 takeoff and landings canceled and 35,000 passengers in the lurch. Ground staff, represented by union Verdi, aimed to put pressure on management with the strike, which comes as a result of dissatisfaction with salary increase proposals.
Verdi is demanding a 500 euro salary increase in 12 monthly instalments for the 6,000 ground handling and security members of the staff. Union officials have said they believe the current collective bargaining process is not making significant progress and that their demands have been ignored.
The strike comes amid record inflation in Germany, with a 10.4% peak reached in October. The record inflation has added another strain to annual wage negotiations in different sectors of the nation’s economy.
Flights will resume arriving and departing Berlin airport at Thursday morning as planned, according to the airport. Qatar Airways Airbus A350 plane from Doha and EasyJet aircraft were among those affected by the strike.