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Berlin Brandenburg Airport ‘paralyzed’ as Europe hit by another day of strikes

Several sectors across Europe have been hit by strikes, with workers demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

Here’s a look at the workers striking across Europe today:

Flights canceled due to warning strike at German airport

Around 300 flights were canceled at Berlin Brandenburg Airport as workers went on strike, the airport said.

These flights are said to have carried some 35,000 passengers.

“Affected passengers are urged to contact their airline for information on rebookings and alternative travel options,” the airport added in a statement.

Employees of security, ground handling and the company that manages the airport were on strike over a pay dispute.

The airport opened in 2020 after significant delays and construction issues. Berlin Brandenburg Airport continues to struggle financially with a lot of debt, but is striving to become “financially independent”, a spokesman said.

Amazon workers go on strike for the first time in the UK

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Coventry have become the first in the UK to go on strike over the company’s low wages.

The workers voted in mid-December to strike.

“The fact that they are forced to go on strike to earn a living wage from one of the most valuable companies in the world should be a sign of shame for Amazon,” said Amanda Gearing, lead organizer at GMB, in a press release during the vote. past.

A spokesman for the GMB union said workers earned £10.50 (€11.89) as their basic hourly rate, but demanded £15 (about €17).

About 300 workers went on strike at Amazon’s warehouse on Wednesday.

An Amazon spokesperson said “a tiny proportion of our workforce is involved.”

“In fact, according to verified figures, only a fraction of 1% of our UK employees voted on the ballot – and that includes those who voted against industrial action,” the spokesperson said. He argued that the company offers competitive compensation.

Italian petrol stations on strike over ‘stigma’ but unions divided

Italian petrol station operators have been on strike across the country since Tuesday evening, although self-service stations remain open.

The action takes place on both highways and local roads.

The unions are however divided on the duration of the strike. Some operators will continue through Thursday while others will end Wednesday.

The main reason for the strike is the obligation for operators to display a sign indicating the regional average price of fuel. Unions say the government measure accuses operators of “speculating on gas prices to the detriment of consumers”.

Despite the strike, Italian law requires that at least 50% of stations in urban areas remain open. On highways, there should be at least one service station every 100 kilometers.

For motorways, you can find out which gas stations are still open thanks to this list published by the Conference of Autonomous Regions and Provinces of the country.

French unions take stock after massive protests against pension reform plan

Leaders of France’s eight largest unions hold a press conference in Paris at 3:30 p.m. CET on the government’s decision controversial pension reformwhich aims to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

According to a poll conducted in January by the IFOP, the reform is opposed by 68% of French people.

The proposal has already sparked strong protests in the country, with opposition parties saying the retirement age should be lowered instead.

Last week, more than a million people took to the streets against the planned overhaul. In Paris, police clashed with protesters, with doctors having to amputate a young man’s testicle after he was clubbed in the groin by a police officer.

euronews Gt

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