German Transportation At Near Standstill During Strike

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Labor unions in Germany have called for a 24-hour strike which has idled most planes, trains, other forms of public transportation and affecting even cargo deliveries throughout the country. Unions are seeking a pay increase of at least 10.5% to combat rising inflation.  Ulrich Silberbach of the Civil Service Federation said, “We have recorded drops in real wages and these need to be balanced out.”  Many employers have offered raises of about 5% over two years plus a one-time payment, but these offers have been rejected and if employers don’t increase their offers, Silberbach indicated that unions might consider more drastic, open-ended strikes. German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that she was confident a compromise can be reached.