Strike threat hits Berlin’s biggest hospital

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

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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