Nationwide transport strike begins in Germany
These public sector strikes, which started between Sunday and Monday night, are mainly focused on public transport. Under these strikes, almost all buses, trains and airplanes will be suspended in Germany on Monday.
A nationwide warning strike organized by several trade unions officially began in Germany at midnight on Monday. Preparations for the strike had already caused major disruptions to normal life over the weekend, and almost all planes, trains and buses were not running on Monday. The strike is part of a long-running wage dispute in Germany.
As a result of this strike by transport means, a traffic jam situation was created on Monday due to the large number of vehicles on the roads. People are facing a lot of difficulties in getting their work and children to schools and colleges on time and delays in all kinds of activities.
All flights grounded
Almost all major German airports, except the capital’s Berlin Brandenburg Airport, have been badly affected by the strike. Across the country, nearly 4 lakh passengers faced delays or cancellations.
In Frankfurt, the biggest hub for aviation, all incoming and outgoing flights were canceled for the entire day on Monday. A full-day delay for long-haul flights was posted at all Frankfurt Air terminals.
Meanwhile, Munich International Airport had already suspended flights on Sunday in view of the strike and its effects. All passenger flights remained suspended in Munich on Monday.
Only Berlin’s ‘BER’ airport was not affected by the strike. Its online arrivals and departures boards appeared relatively normal as of Monday morning, but domestic flights in Germany were grounded due to strikes.
Long distance and regional trains are also affected
The German rail system was completely paralyzed by this strike. Long-distance trains and local public transport have all been affected by the strike.
According to the EVG union, more than 30,000 railway employees joined the strike on Monday.
“Willingness to strike is very high, and anger among workers at being stopped by employers is extremely high,” said Kristian Loruch, a member of the EVG negotiating committee. “We’re doing it because in collective bargaining, despite the tough financial conditions for many workers, we haven’t been offered anything worthy of serious negotiation.”
National rail operator ‘Deutsche Bahn’ made an extraordinary announcement last week to suspend all long-distance rail services as part of a nationwide strike scheduled for Monday.
The German railway company Deutsche Bahn often tries to prioritize these services, which involve journeys that cross several international borders.
Deutsche Bahn has also signaled major cuts to regional rail services, saying it will no longer be possible to operate on public holidays and emergency schedules. Monday’s strike also halted local public transport such as buses, trams or underground service in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony and Bavaria. Its results. Lives have also been affected by abnormal traffic on the roads. Most of the residents have only access to a car or a bicycle.
Third round of negotiations
Germany’s largest trade union confederation Verdi, the country’s second-largest trade union in terms of membership, and the EVG called for a full demonstration of solidarity in the strike.
The two unions are due to hold talks with public sector employers this week. In the case of Verdi, a new round of talks with the German Civil Service Federation (DBB) union, with representatives of the federal government and municipalities, began in Potsdam on Monday.
“With a strike in the transport sector, it must be made clear once again to the employers that the employees are in full agreement with our demands,” according to Verdi spokesman Frank Wernicke.
It should be noted that the reason for these strikes is the demand of ten and a half percent increase in salaries by the labor unions, which the government is still refusing to accept.