Germany Faces Airport and Train Workers Strikes
Jarrett Martineau | March 4, 2008 at 11:22 pmby
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Unionised workers at German airports are threatening to strike soon, amid dissatisfaction over wages.
The Verdi union said employees at eight airports would strike on Wednesday, with Lufthansa saying 142 domestic and European flights would be cut.
The airline urged passengers to take the train instead - but separate strikes by union BVG are also expected for Wednesday, reducing train services.
Germany workers want higher wages amid signs the economy is strengthening.
Meanwhile the train strike by BVG is expected to involve 12,000 workers across Berlin buses, trains and underground network.
And train drivers' union GDL has threatened strikes starting next Monday on both passenger and freight trains, intensifying an existing argument with Deutsche Bahn.
When a strike by GDL unions took place over 62 hours last November, it caused considerable disruption and economists estimate that it cost 75m euros (£57m) a day.
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