Due to the warning strike organized by the Railway Employees’ Union (EVG) in Germany, demanding a wage increase, train services were not made.
In the statement made by the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn), it was stated that most of the passengers were prepared for the strike, and the expression “Train stations were almost empty”.
In the statement, it was stated that the trains were full on the expeditions carried out yesterday due to the strike held today, and it was stated that the effect of the strike was estimated to last until this evening.
EVG had called on railway workers for an 8-hour warning strike that lasted from 03:00 to 11:00 local time today to force employers to better wages against high inflation. German Railways, on the other hand, announced that the flights could start again at 13.00 local time.
EVG rejected Deutsche Bahn’s wage increase proposal, which included a 5 percent salary increase and a one-time payment of 2,500 euros, demanding a 12 percent increase in the wages of 230,000 employees or at least 650 euros more per month.
The next collective bargaining negotiations between Deutsche Bahn and EVG are scheduled for April 25.
The strike at the airports continues today
On the other hand, hundreds of flights were canceled due to the strike of security personnel at Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg airports that started yesterday and will end today.
It was stated that 170 flights at Cologne/Bonn Airport and 160 flights at Duesseldorf were canceled and no flights were made in Hamburg.
In the statement made by Stuttgart Airport, it was stated that due to the Verdi Syndicate’s call for the security guards to strike today, no planes took off from the airport and arrivals were possible.
Verdi Union demands an increase in wages for night and holiday work for security personnel in collective bargaining negotiations with employers.