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Flights at several German airports disrupted by 1-day strike


Flights at several German airports were severely disrupted on Monday by the latest in a string of one-day strikes related to various pay disputes, according to AP News.

The ver.di union called workers out on “warning strikes” at Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen airports.

Some 200 departures were cancelled in Berlin, and about a third of the planned 200 arrivals were expected to be cancelled, German news agency dpa reported. Hamburg airport said that all 123 planned departures during the strike were cancelled and at least 50 of the 121 planned arrivals.

The walkouts by airport staff come amid difficult pay talks for employees of Germany’s federal and municipal governments.

Unions are seeking a 10.5% pay raise, while employers so far have offered an increase totalling 5% in two stages and one-time payments of 2,500 euros ($2,630) per employee — which unions have rejected as insufficient. The next round of talks is due to start March 27.

There are also negotiations ongoing nationwide over air safety workers’ pay and locally for ground service workers.