Strikes at Berlin airports lead to flight delays, cancellations

BERLIN: Strikes by security staff at Berlin’s two airports on Monday caused around 75 flights to be delayed or cancelled.
Around 400 security personnel stopped working for about four hours at Schoenefeld and Tegel airports due to an ongoing wage dispute.
Just less than 50 flights were struck off altogether, while around 25 were delayed, according to Berlin’s airport management company FBB.
The organising union, Verdi, said the strikes were meant as a warning to ensure that the employers’ association makes a reasonable offer before the next round of labour negotiations starts on January 23.
“We hope that the signal has been understood on the employers’ side,” a spokesman said.
Some 3,000 people are employed by private security companies at the two airports, according to Verdi. The union is calling for aviation security personnel across the country to be paid 20 euros (23 dollars) an hour.
— dpa