German public-service workers have escalated their so-called warning strikes over pay ahead of fresh talks next week.
Short-term walkouts which started in smaller cities on Monday have now spread to the capital Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.
Bus services were halted, rubbish collections halted and nursery schools closed.
The Verdi union has rejected an offer from the employers side of an increase totalling 3.3 percent over a two year period. The union is calling for 6.5 percent over one year and had threatened all out industrial action rather than the warning strikes.
The next round of pay talks is due to take place on the 28th and 29th of March.