Berlin Airport is canceling all flights due to strikes

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All passenger flights at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) were canceled on Wednesday because employees got out in a dispute over higher salaries.

Around 300 flights were either canceled or postponed, the airport said, affecting around 35,000 passengers.

The one-day “warning strike” was called by the powerful Verdi union to increase pressure ahead of the next round of negotiations with bosses.

The union said it expected around 1,500 airport workers to take part in the strike.

Verdi is pushing for a monthly pay rise of 500 euros (R7 600) over 12 months for ground staff. For the security staff, he wants higher surcharges for weekend and holiday hours.

“Everyone knows the exorbitantly higher prices, be it for groceries or at gas stations,” Verdi representative Holger Rößler told German media.

German inflation slowed to 8.6 percent in December after peaking at 10.4 percent in October, thanks largely to government support measures to cut energy bills.

Late last year, Germany’s largest union, IG Metall, reached an agreement on an 8.5 percent wage increase for nearly four million workers in industrial sectors after a series of warning strikes.

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