The industrial action at both airports’ involved ground handling staff, members of Ver.di union (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft). They have already walked out several times during the past few weeks an ongoing over pay dispute.
The union demanded a pay rise for ground staff of €12 ($12.80) per hour ($12.80) from €11 ($11.78), as part of a one-year collective agreement.
According to Ver.di’s 13th March 2017 response, the strike has been extended because t"he employers have not yet signalled a response or a possible solution at the negotiating table for approximately 2,000 employees of the airport company."
Although the strike is set to last for 25 hours, Ver.di and Berlin airports authority said that the strike might be extended until 15th March.
The official website of the airport stated that due to strike action of ground staff at Berlin’s airports Schönefeld and Tegel there is severe disruption of air traffic from 13th of March approx. 4 AM until 15th of March approx. 5 AM local time.
The airport added that restrictions in air traffic may carry on after the end of the strike action, restrictions in air traffic control may also continue.
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