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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles said on Wednesday it is “completely unacceptable” for pilots at Air Berlin <AB1.DE> to put the airline’s fate at risk by calling in sick in unusually high numbers. Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline, is set to be carved up, most likely among several buyers, with binding offers due this Friday. “I think Air Berlin is in a decidedly difficult situation at the moment and the pilots, with their behaviour, are putting at risk a reasonable handover or sale. That is unacceptable,” Nahles told Reuters in a television interview. “And I say, quite clearly: 8,000 employees depend on this company. They should not be taken hostage to serve the interests of some pilots.”

(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers)
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