Today the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and their principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle have shown solidarity in front of the Philharmonie with the Berlin Radio Choir (Photo: Peter Adamik). Together they rehearse the resumption of the highly acclaimed stage performance of “St. Matthew Passion” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Choir Berlin (in strike jackets), Sir Simon Rattle, Simon Halsey (front)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Choir Berlin (in strike jackets), Sir Simon Rattle, Simon Halsey (front)

Shortly before the summer break, the choir members were on strike. This has now been temporarily suspended to allow the concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic not have to be canceled. The Berlin Radio Choir has been working for 21 years without a valid collective agreement. Ten years ago, the last salary adjustment was made. For over two years led the German Orchestra Association (DOV) and the German Theatre Association contract negotiations, which culminated in a collective agreement ready for signature. Surprisingly, the signature has been denied by the City of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany, who are two major shareholders.