Berlin airport workers strike again over pay after around 1,000 flights out of and to Berlin were cancelled last week because of industrial action. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ground staff at Berlin's two airports began a new strike on Monday (March 13), stepping up action in a pay dispute that has already caused the cancellation of around 1,000 flights. A spokesman for Berlin airports said that almost all flights would be cancelled on Monday -- 194 at Schoenefeld and 448 in Tegel. Workers at Berlin's Tegel and Schoenefeld airports walked out at 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Monday and Verdi union said in a statement at mid-morning that they would extend the walkout until Wednesday morning (March 15). Lufthansa said it would cancel all flights on Monday from Frankfurt and Munich to Berlin, and from Germany's capital to those cities. It did not say how many flights that involved. 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.