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Berlin Airports Close as Employees Launch Warning Strike

Air traffic came to a halt at Berlin's two airports Tuesday morning after employees walked off the job to demand better pay. A union said the warning strikes would last all of Tuesday morning.

Striking airport employees inside the Munich airport

Airport employees are asking for more pay

The strike, which started at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, completely shut down the Tegel and Schoenefeld airports in Berlin. The strikes are expected to last until 9:30 a.m.

As airport firefighters were among the striking workers, no planes could take off or land, airport spokesman Eberhard Eli told Associated Press news agency.

Workers want more money

Workers are asking for an 8 percent pay increase, according to the ver.di employees union. Berlin airports say they offered a 2.6-percent raise combined with a 1,250-euro ($1,593) one-time payment that would equal an overall increase of 4.2 percent.

A similar strike by ver.di caused cancellations earlier this month as it took safety and fire crews off the job. Verdi had warned that the strikes would cause a major disruption to air traffic in Berlin, which has the country's third largest number of air passengers in Germany, after Frankfurt and Munich.

Author: Trinity Hartman (dpa/afp/reuters)

Editor: Nick Amies

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