Transportation in Germany has been severely disrupted as railway staff and airport security workers went on strike, causing major inconvenience for commuters and travelers. The railway staff, who are demanding a 12% pay rise, staged a walkout between 3 am and 11 am on Friday, hitting the morning commute. The airport security workers in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Cologne began a two-day strike on Thursday, affecting around 700 departing flights and potentially impacting 100,000 passengers. The strikes are a result of a cost-of-living crisis and inflation, which is squeezing the country. Inflation remains relatively high at 7.4%, leading to the unions representing airport security staff seeking wage increases. Railway unions have set a deadline of the end of April to find an agreement, and there is a threat of longer-term industrial action that could cause transportation chaos during the summer vacation season.
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