A warning strike paralyzed public transport in Germany on Monday. The movement of trains, buses and planes has stopped, waterways, highways and ports are also affected. At least 30,000 people are on strike among railway workers, according to the dpa agency.
At midnight from Sunday to Monday, the great warning strike of the railway trade unions EVG and Verdi began. Serious traffic jams are expected throughout German and disruption in non-transport areas of the economy.
“The willingness to strike is very high”
“The willingness to strike is very high, the anger of the workers – huge,” Kristian Loroch, head of the EVG’s collective negotiating committee, told the agency. “We are on strike today because nothing has been presented to us in collective bargaining that we can discuss seriously,” he explained.
In addition, Lufthansa, a few hours before the start of the warning strike in Germany, canceled some flights, citing technical problems with external service providers.
Maersk, the logistics giant, warned customers on its website that although it is difficult to assess the effects of a delay in transport in advance, principals must expect delays in cargo transport.
Wage negotiations are ongoing
The organizers of the protests, the EVG and Verdi unions, are currently negotiating wages and hope that the general strike will increase the pressure on the federal and state governments. The Verdi union, which is negotiating on behalf of around 2.5 million public sector workers, including those employed in public transport and airports, is demanding a 10.5% wage increase, but not less than €500 per month. On the other hand, the railway and transport union EVG, representing about 230 thousand. workers are demanding a 12 percent raise, or at least €650 a month.
In Germany, prices in February were 9.3 percent higher than in February. higher than in February 2022.
“(Wage increases) is a matter of survival for many thousands of workers,” Verdi union boss Frank Werneke told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that the purpose of the strike was to make it clear to employers that “workers clearly support our demands.”
“Please do not plan your trip”
Information on the planned strike was published by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Munich over the weekend.
“All over the country, communication will be stopped. Passenger car traffic will increase. Please do not plan a trip!” – it was written.
Main photo source: EPA/RONALD WITTEK