Two Berlin International airports on stike

February 24th, 2009 - 1:49 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Berlin Airport LogoTwo of Berlin’s international airports are expected to be hit by strikes lasting 3-1/2 hours on Tuesday morning as workers press demanded for an eight percent pay rise, a union said.

After a two-hour strike which was on February 12 had limited impact, public service sector union Verdi said walkouts at Tegel, Berlin’s main international airport, and Schoenefeld would be staged from 6am to 9.30am.

Verdi said 250 workers took part in the previous strikes at the two airports, which have a work force of 1,500. Berlin, with 21 million passengers transported per year, has Germany’s third largest air traffic volume after Frankfurt and Munich.

Verdi is demanding an 8 per cent raise. It says Berlin airports have offered a 1.3 per cent pay rise for 2009.

The airport said it had made a 2.6-percent wage increase offer combined with a 1,250-euro, one-off payment that would give an overall wage increase of 4.2 per cent.

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