Airports, train and bus stations across Germany will remain largely empty on Monday as massive strikes in the transport sector force millions of passengers to seek alternatives. The one-day strike is considered one of the biggest since the 1990s. this affects rail, air, bus and water communications throughout the country.
The strikes, which will last 24 hours starting Monday at midnight, have brought all long-distance railways and most regional trains to a halt, while almost all German airports continue to strike, with the notable exception of Berlin Airport.
Trade union activists, like strikers in many European countries suffering from high inflation amid soaring energy prices, are calling for higher wages in the transport sector. Notably, the German states affected by the so-called “super strike” or big strike day today, Monday, are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony and most of Bavaria.
Representatives from Verdi and DBB are due to meet again with local authorities on Monday for a third round of negotiations.