Worker mobilization grows in Germany
Published 03/30/2023 19:01 | Edited 4/1/2023 10:29 AM
Workers at airports, highway management companies and local transport carried out on Monday, 27, a 24-hour strike to demand wage increases in the face of rising inflation in Germany, the main economic power of the European Union.
This action adds to other manifestations of discontent promoted by the German unions, since the beginning of this year, and which encompasses various public sectors such as education, health and postal services.
The most recent protest involves the trade union organizations EVG and Verd.di, which group, respectively, 230,000 workers from railway companies and two million and 500,000 employees in the sphere of services, and affects long-distance and regional trains, as well as airports.
The strike also interrupted local public transport in seven federal states and ports and locks for maritime traffic and, according to the latest information, involved more than 30,000 workers in around 350 locations in Germany.
The country has been experiencing an accelerated rise in prices for more than a year, and inflation of around nine percent, which is why the unions are demanding a 10 percent wage increase to partially compensate for the loss of purchasing power.
Originally published on Avante!