BERLIN (Reuters) - German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles said on Wednesday it is "completely unacceptable" for pilots at Air Berlin (>> Air Berlin Plc) 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)