Maxi strike proclaimed in Germany, transport stops on 27 March

A maxi strike by public transport employees has been proclaimed in Germany for 27 March which could paralyze the country. The protest was announced by the trade unions Evg and the Greens. The strike will affect long-distance rail transport, regional transport, urban transport and airports. A few days ago the 24-hour protest by security personnel at four German airports led to the cancellation of more than 350 flights.


The organizers explained in a meeting with the press that the protest will last all day, starting at midnight on March 26 and ending 24 hours later. The goal of the Greens is to increase the pressure on the third round of negotiations starting on 27 March between the State and the Municipalities. A salary increase of 10.5% in public transport and at least 500 euros more in paychecks are also requested. The acronym Evg, which represents the rail traffic sector, is asking for an increase of at least 650 euros. The mobilization will affect railways and airports, but also the administration of naval transport. Urban traffic will be affected in seven Laender.

Protests in France

Meanwhile in France, the ninth day of strikes and national mobilizations against Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform, the day after the president’s TV interview which sparked criticism of the poison from trade unions and opposition parties. Interviewed live on TF1 and France 2 after weeks of social tensions, Macron went straight on his way, declaring that the reform – the most important of his five-year term at the Elysée – will be applied “by the end of the year” and said he was ready to assume all “the unpopularity necessary, in the name of the best interests of the nation”. In Paris, the protest march started from Bastille square, in the direction of République and then place de l’Opéra. For today, the Ministry of the Interior has deployed a number of police officers never reached in these two months of protests, 12,000, of which 5,000 in the capital alone.

Junior doctors strike proclaimed in England

After the suspension of the railway workers’ strike, the protest of the so-called ‘junior doctors’ was instead confirmed in England from 11 to 15 April. These are already qualified young doctors who practice while doing postgraduate practice in exchange for modest average salaries in the British National Health Service (NHS) hospitals, making a decisive contribution to the coverage of some services. The category, represented by the British Medical Association (BMA, the reference union for white coats in the Kingdom), decided this today following the failure of the attempt to reopen the negotiating table with the NHS leaders and with Steve Barclay, Minister of Health in the Tory government of Rishi Sunak.