German public workers go on "warning" strikes

In many German cities, public transport and kindergartens workers as well some public servants are sending the government a message with a "warning" strike, saying they are ready to protest if they do not get a raise.

Daria Sukharchuk
Daria Sukharchuk NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
German public workers go on "warning" strikes - NewsMavens
Rebellion. Pixabay.

Why this story matters:

In Berlin, Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Wiesbaden -- to name just a few of the cities on strike -- thousands of German workers are holding signs with slogans like:

"Only Batman can work for free!" or "We are not paid enough!"

The strikes started on Tuesday and are scheduled to continue until Friday. According to the multi-industry union Ver.di, the strikes are meant to warn the German government: if public authorities refuse to give the workers the 6% pay rise they're demanding, the strike will expand dramatically next week.

It is hard to predict the potential scale of the conflict at the moment, but it is safe to to say that Germans travelers and parents were already significantly inconvenienced by striking airports and kindergartens. If no agreement is reached by Friday, Germany risks a scenario similar to the current labor conflicts in France.

Fortunately, Germany's plight is not as far-reaching as that of its Western neighbor; this is only a wage dispute, not an attempt to overhaul the entire public sector. However, there will be no easy way out, since a 6% pay rise is well above what most federal states say they can afford.

work, protests

Details from the story:

  • The strikes began on Tuesday, delaying hundreds of flights all over Germany
  • Ver.di, a union federation, is demanding a 6% pay rise for public workers, but would also agree to a lump raise of 200€ per month.
  • The union federation has approximately 2.3 million members.
  • "Warning" strikes will continue until Friday April 13, and could continue next week if no agreement is reached.
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.


Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at