BERLIN, March 13 Ground staff at Berlin's two
airports will extend their strike until Wednesday morning, trade
union Verdi said on Monday, stepping up action in a pay dispute
that has already caused the cancellation of more than 1,000
flights since Friday.
The strike at Tegel and Schoenefeld airports - which is
served by airlines including Air Berlin, Ryanair
and Lufthansa - will now end on Wednesday at
0500 CET (0400 GMT).
Strikes at Berlin's two airports caused 660 flights to be
cancelled on Monday as part of an ongoing pay dispute with
ground staff. Lufthansa said it had cancelled 180 flights.
Ground staff are ready to engage in talks to end the strike
if Berlin airports make an improved offer, 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 percent increase over three years.
(Reporting by Boris Berner; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing
by Georgina Prodhan)