Verdi is calling on security forces at the passenger checkpoint at the capital’s BER airport to carry out an all-day warning strike on Monday. Therefore, the airport company Berlin-Brandenburg (FBB) expects restrictions for passengers.
Passengers should contact airlines to find out about possible delays or cancellations and plan more time for their trip, the company said.
The warning strike is part of the wage dispute between Verdi and the Federal Association of Aviation Safety Companies (BDLS). There is also a strike at the airports in Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Bremen, Hannover and Leipzig. The union is negotiating with the bosses a new collective agreement for some 25,000 security forces throughout the country.
In late February, after two rounds of negotiations without result, there were warning strikes at individual airports. At the beginning of March, the third round also had no result.
Verdi describes the employer’s offer as “insufficient.” The Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies had talked about approaches after the most recent talks, but ideas were still a long way off.
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Verdi wants to sign a contract for twelve months and increase the hourly wage by at least one euro. Salaries for baggage and staff screeners should reach the level of passenger screening clerks, aircraft security and boarding pass clerks should be paid uniformly across the country. Both sides want to meet on March 16-17 in Berlin to continue negotiations. (dpa)