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Monday, March 13, 2017

Strikes at Berlin's two airports leads to 660 flights being cancelled Monday March 13,2017

Strikes at Berlin's two airports caused 660 flights to be cancelled on Monday as part of an ongoing pay dispute with ground staff.
“At Berlin Schoenefeld, 195 flights were cancelled and at Berlin Tegel 465 flights,” Berlin Airport spokesman Daniel Tolksdorf said on Monday March 13,2017 , adding that this amounted to almost all flights being cancelled.
Workers at Berlin's Tegel and Schoenefeld airports are striking from 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Monday until Tuesday at about 5 a.m. local time (0400 GMT), German Union Verdi said.
The union wants an increase in pay for ground staff to 12 euros ($12.80) an hour from about 11 euros as part of a one-year collective agreement. Management first offered about 10 cents more an hour over four years and then improved that offer to an 8 per cent increase over three years.

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