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Thousands strike for higher pay

February 04, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Thousands of German public workers staged strikes to press for more pay during the worst economic downturn in decades, in actions that affected transport and schools across the country.

Public transit ground to a halt in 10 cities across Bavaria, while schools and hospitals suffered walkouts in northern Germany, service sector union Verdi said. Local governments and schools were also affected in the east, it said.

Verdi is leading negotiations for a raise of 8% for about 700,000 employees of states.

A separate pay demand for transport staff in Bavaria is higher, with the union pushing for a 9.5% raise.

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