Kyiv. January 25. UNN. The terminals at Berlin International Airport were virtually empty on Wednesday morning as all passenger flights were canceled or postponed due to an all-day staff strike, reports UNN with reference to the DPA.
At 8 a.m. local time, a crowd of workers gathered outside the main terminal at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER). The strike will continue all day.
Only occasional passengers who had not heard of the strike arrived at the airport.
Around 35,000 passengers were expected to pass through the airport on Wednesday, with around 300 flights scheduled. Airlines postponed some flights to Thursday and diverted several flights to Dresden and Leipzig airports. Other passengers have been reclassified on the trains.
The Verdi union has called on airport workers, security staff and ground operators to quit their jobs. The closure is expected to affect airport fire departments, fueling operations, baggage handling and check-in counters.
The union is demanding a monthly wage increase of 500 euros ($540) for employees of the airport company and ground handling during the duration of the 12-month collective agreement. During the negotiations, the employers insisted on a much longer contract.
Verdi called on strikers to demonstrate outside the airport’s main terminal from 8 a.m., with a rally scheduled for 10 a.m. Verdi said he expects around 1,500 attendees.
The last time worker strikes in Germany canceled so many flights was during a full-scale national strike in April 2018. Hundreds of flights across the country were canceled after tens of thousands of municipal and federal government employees quit their jobs.
The strike also affected public transport, kindergartens, clinics, public administration offices and public swimming pools in many parts of Germany.