Strike threat hits Berlin’s biggest hospital

Ten thousand staff at Berlin’s biggest hospital could go on strike on Monday as talks between a union and management over better conditions and training for employees break down.

Strike threat hits Berlin's biggest hospital
Verdi last held a strike at the hospital in 2011. Photo: DPA

Meike Jäger from union Verdi, who is leading the talks with the Charité hospital, said on Tuesday the union wanted a staff walkout.

That would lead to the closure of around 10 clinics and wards over the hospital’s three sites.

Jäger said the hospital could still avoid a strike by agreeing to improve staffing levels particularly among nurses.

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Verdi wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday morning that there was a lot of support for a strike.

It will hold a meeting among its members on Tuesday evening to discuss the plans further. 

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