airberlin announced that the union ver.di has called for warning strikes on the 8th of February 2017, amongst ground staff at the airports Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart. The airline said that it has no alternative but to cancel around 60 flights from its hub Berlin-Tegel from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. According to some media, the union is demanding higher wages and better conditions for its 2,000 members at the airports.

Thomas Winkelmann, CEO airberlin, said: “We’d like to apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience to you arising as a result of the ground staff’s strike. It is extremely unfortunate that this wages dispute – which has nothing to do with airberlin – will be conducted at the inconvenience of our passengers. airberlin requests that the parties involved a return to the negotiating table as quickly as possible.”

The airline also said that passengers affected by a cancelled flight due to the strike can rebook free of charge on the same route within the travel period from 9th of February 2017 to 15th of February 2017.

Nearly 3,000 British Airways flight attendants are planning to go on a three-day strike starting on the 19th of January, protesting what the works have been calling “poverty pay”. The strike follows a 48-hour walkout of the carrier’s cabin crew that took place this week, The Guardian reports.

ver.di (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft) or United Services Trade Union is headquartered in Berlin and it has more than 2.2 million members consisting of employees, freelancers, civil servants and students drawn from over 1,000 different occupations.