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A new industrial action is scheduled to take place on Monday 13th March, with the potential to disrupt transportation services across Germany. It remains to be seen which modes of transport will be affected by the stoppage.

On Monday, March 13, serious air traffic restrictions will be introduced. Verdi announced strikes at airports in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen and Hanover. According to the union, even a complete cancellation of flights is expected.

All flights, and there are about 200 planned in BER, have been canceled due to the strike. The action will affect around 27,000 passengers, an airport spokesperson said.

The reason for the strike at BER is the failure of collective bargaining with the Federal Association of Aviation Safety Companies (BDLS). According to Verdi, negotiations with BDLS have been ongoing for several years now. Main objective: increase in compensation for night work, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Along with this, there is also a need to reach a better collective agreement on overtime pay for security and maintenance staff at commercial airports. BER workers have already stopped work at the end of January. Then all flights were canceled.

According to Verdi, all take-offs and landings of passenger planes in Hanover and Bremen will also be canceled on Monday.

Increase requirements

The union is demanding adequate pay for airline security workers for working during “inconvenient hours”. The surcharges have not increased since 2006, and negotiations on this subject have been ongoing since 2013, the Verdi representative pointed out. The latest agreement called for talks to continue in early 2019. Negotiations began in January and continued into February 2020, but then stalled due to the pandemic.

It was only through the renewal of the 2022 wage round agreement that BDLS announced its agreement to bargain, according to the union. At the same time, no proposals have been received from employers to date.

According to Verdi, on Monday at 8 a.m. the strikers will gather in front of the BER terminal at Willy-Brandt-Platz. About 300 people are expected to take part in the action.

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