After a national strike by transit workers this week, travel in which EU country ground to a halt? Answered
After a national strike by transit workers this week, travel in which EU country ground to a halt?
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The correct answer is Germany.
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Germany is experiencing a massive strike, resulting in planes and trains coming to a standstill and causing disruption for millions of people. The Verdi union and railway and transport union EVG called for the 24-hour walkout, one of the largest in decades, in response to months of industrial action driven by rising inflation fueling demands for higher wages. The strike has initiated three days of wage talks, and if no agreement is reached, further strikes may follow.
Although employers have offered a 5% wage increase over a 27-month period and a one-time payment of 2,500 euros ($2,700), the unions find this unacceptable due to the inflation rate, which reached 9.3% in February. Verdi is demanding a 10.5% wage increase, while EVG is requesting a 12% raise, translating to a pay rise of at least 500 euros or 650 euros per month, respectively.
During the protests, striking workers wore high-visibility jackets and held up banners, waved flags, and blew horns and whistles. The strike, the largest in Germany since 1992, is caused by worsening chronic labor shortages and the impact of high food and energy prices on living standards.
Germany, which relied heavily on Russia for gas before the war in Ukraine, has been heavily affected by higher prices, with inflation rates surpassing the euro-area average in recent months. The strike has given the unions significant bargaining power, representing around 2.5 million employees in the public sector, including in public transport and at airports, while EVG negotiates for roughly 230,000 workers at Deutsche Bahn and bus companies.
The strike has caused chaos at airports and bus and train stations, with the Airports Association ADV estimating that flight suspensions affected 380,000 air passengers, including at two of Germany’s largest airports in Munich and Frankfurt. Stranded passengers showed both compassion and displeasure concerning the strike action. Rail services were also canceled by Deutsche Bahn, prompting a scramble for taxis in Cologne.
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