A strike over pay has brought public transport to a standstill in Munich and seven other cities in Bavaria, one of Germany’s richest states. The DBB and fellow union Verdi are seeking a pay increase of some 9.5 percent for the sector’s 6,500 employees. The unions are unhappy that employers have brought nothing new to the table after two rounds of pay negotiations.Germany’s strong unions have been criticised for demanding high pay hikes in times of recession, however, they believe that more money in people’s pockets will boost consumer spending. Germany has seen a number of strikes in recent times including the rail and civil aviation sectors.
Bavaria hit by transport strike in row over pay