A big warning strike by transport workers began in Germany on 27 March. The strike will last a day and will affect the operation of many modes of transport across the country. Railway Supply magazine wrote about it with reference to the URM. The railway transport union EVG and the Verdi trade union stand up for higher wages for industry workers.

DB Strike

It is noted that Deutsche Bahn has announced the stoppage of long-distance trains across the country. Most commuter trains will not run either. Some public transport has been suspended in seven regions of Germany.

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About 350,000 transport workers are expected to take part in the strike. The unions want to push for a pay rise for them. Verdi is calling for a 10.5% pay rise for workers, but no less than €500 a month. The EVG demands a 12% pay rise for German railway workers, but no less than €650 a month. The employers, on the other hand, are proposing a 5% increase with two lump sum payments of €1000 and €1500.

The strike will be the biggest in Germany since 1992, stressed Verdi head Frank Wernecke. It comes at the same time as another round of talks between the unions and the German authorities, scheduled for 27-29 March in Potsdam.

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