The wage dispute between unions and employers' organizations is reaching its highest level. On Monday, March 27, 2023, there will be an all-day national general strike.
Public transportation will be completely shut down : no trains or buses, no planes or ships, including inland waterways. Freeway tunnels may also be closed. Cancellations and delays will affect millions of travelers and commuters. Germany has 83 million inhabitants.
The background is collective bargaining in aviation security, rail transport and the current collective dispute in the public sector between the unions, the federal government and municipalities.
For weeks now, the Verdi union in the service sector has been paralyzing air, bus and train traffic in several rounds of strikes in several states. In many cities, workers are striking in clinics, garbage collection services, sewage treatment plants or daycare centers.
Millions of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets.