On Monday, German trade unions announced a general strike for employees of airports, railways, public transport and ships. “All over the country, communication will be stopped. Passenger car traffic will increase. Please do not plan your trip” – appealed to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Munich.
Through a nationwide warning strike on a massive, nationwide scale, the Verdi trade unions and the railway workers’ unions want to paralyze large sectors of public transport. The traffic of long-distance and regional trains, waterways, ports and motorways will be affected, informs the “Tagesschau” portal. The unions are demanding a wage increase of 10.5-12 percent.
Transport and logistics associations warn against chaos in the supply of goods on this day. Unions operate against the will of millions of citizens German said Dirk Engelhardt, president of the Federal Association for Goods Transport and Logistics (BGL).
He added that the strike would “massively hit” lorry and van drivers, creating chaos in deliveries and causing “tens of millions of euros in damage if goods could not be delivered on time”. At the same time, he appealed to the Ministry of Transport to lift the ban on the roads for trucks this Sunday.
Small business concerns
As emphasized by “Tagesschau”, many small and medium-sized enterprises are afraid of Monday’s strikes. – Companies and society should not become hostages to demands that are not expedient in the current economic situation – assessed Markus Jerger, head of the Federal Association small and Medium Businesses (BVMW). In his opinion, the demands of public sector unions are “a threat to the livelihood of many small and medium-sized companies that are already struggling with problems with supply chains, growing energy prices and raw materials, and a shortage of skilled workers.
The Barig airline association, which owns most German carriers, also criticized the union’s actions as “irresponsible”. “Massively restricting mobility will hamper traffic, the transportation of goods and vital relief supplies,” Barig boss Michael Hoppe said.
Almost all German airports will be affected by Monday’s strikes. Lufthansa passengers must be prepared for serious difficulties from Sunday. No Lufthansa flights other than humanitarian flights will operate from Munich Airport, the airline said. Lufthansa, however, assumes that flights on Tuesday will take place “as normally as possible”.
“Please do not plan your trip”
Information on the planned strike was also published by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Munich.
“All over the country, communication will be stopped. Passenger car traffic will increase. Please do not plan a trip!” – it was written.
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