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BERLIN/FRANKFURT, March 26 (Reuters) – A senior trade union leader in Germany, inflation justified a mass strike planned for Monday as a “matter of survival” for thousands of people fighting for increasingly higher wages. Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
Germany’s largest strike in decades on the railways and in Europe’s largest economy weather It is expected to cause large-scale disruptions in ports.
Munich on Sunday Weather It started at the port, where the departure board showed many flight cancellations. Iron of the country way Its operator, Deutsche Bahn, condemned the plans and demanded that the workforce return to the negotiating table.
Frank Werneke, head of the Verdi trade union, told Bild am Sonntag: “People are not only underpaid, but hopelessly overworked.”
Mainly due to the holidays, which are scheduled to start after midnight and affect services throughout Monday, high food and energy prices are undermining living standards. Europe will be the last months of industrial action and protests that have hit their economies.
Verdi trade union in the public sector, including public transport and weather negotiates on behalf of approximately 2.5 million workers in its ports. Rail and transport union EVG is negotiating for about 230,000 workers at Deutsche Bahn ( DBN.UL ) and bus companies.
Gave labour of the right 10requires an increase of 5%, which means that the salary will be at least 500 euros per month (538 dollars) will lead to an increase, while EVG requires a further increase of 12% or at least 650 euros per month.
“The strike is necessary to make it clear to the workers that we will vigorously defend our demands,” Werneke said.
Consumption in Germany prices rose more than expected in February – up 9.3% from a year ago – suggesting stubborn cost pressures have not let up.
“Getting a significant pay rise for thousands of workers is a matter of survival,” he said.
Deutsche Bahn said on Sunday that the strike was “totally excessive, unjustified and unnecessary”.
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Reporting by Tom Sims and Klaus Lauer Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Louise Heavens
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