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World News April 24, 2023

Germany braced for summer chaos as transport strikes bring country to a halt

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.

Sources: CGTN

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