The one-day strike is just one of many recent labor actions that have affected life in Germany, where unionized workers have been clamoring to secure higher wages in the face of inflation. The minimum wage was raised to 12.41 euros per hour last month, but most unionized jobs pay significantly more.
There was some relief for travelers this week as train drivers agreed to return to work on Monday, ending a six-day strike a day early. The striking engineers managed to bring rail travel to a halt, with only one in five intercity trains in operation.
On Tuesday, 5,000 doctors working at university hospitals across the country went on strike, demanding better wages and working conditions.
When airport workers are back at their posts on Friday morning, travelers and commuters will have to face a new obstacle: Public transport workers will walk off the job in protest over their wages, stopping trams, subways, and buses during the morning commute, until 10 a.m.
Verdi, the union that is leading the airport screeners’ strike, is also pushing for higher wages for ground crew and service personnel working for Lufthansa and a chain of regional airports.