On Monday, Airports, buses, train stations, and other means of transportation across Germany were at a standstill. Disrupting the beginning of the working week during one of the largest walkouts in decades as Europe’s biggest economy faces inflation.
The trade union, stating railway and transport union EVG, within latest in months of industrial action, hitting massive European economies as higher food and energy prices dent living standards.
Terminals were primarily deserted as airports, including two of Germany’s most significant in Munich and Frankfurt, suspended flights, while rail services were canceled by railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DBN.UL).
During the strike, both sides dug in their heels, with union leaders warning that significant pay increases were a “matter of survival” for thousands of workers. “This excessive, exaggerated strike affects millions of passengers who rely on buses and trains,” a Deutsche Bahn spokesperson said on Monday.
Employers have been warned that higher wages for transportation workers will result in higher fares and taxes to make up the difference.
Christian Lindner, Finance Minister of the pro-business FDP, is focused on cutting expenses after consumer expenditure during the pandemic and energy crisis.