On thursday, the warning strikes of the employees of the water and shipping administration also led to obstructions on the kiel canal. Locks on the mecklenburg lake district were also affected. According to trade unions, about 450 people took part in the labor struggle throughout northern germany.
The background to the labor dispute is the planned administrative reform of the water and shipping office. Verdi fears loss of up to 3,000 of 12,000 jobs nationwide. If the federal transport ministry does not respond to the protest, a nationwide strike is also conceivable, said manfred loos, spokesman for verdi berlin-brandenburg. This means that in principle the entire german inland waterway transport will be paralyzed. "We hope that mr. Ramsauer will come to the negotiating table."
Actions on the kiel canal and in mecklenburg-western pomerania to continue on friday. In the coming week, verdi wants to go one better. Strikes planned in north rhine-westphalia from tuesday to saturday, union officials say. On thursday, verdi is planning a rough rally in minden, which union boss frank bsirske is also expected to attend. From tuesday to thursday, further work stoppages are also planned in lower saxony and bremen.
The federal ministry of transport sees no basis for strikes and has repeatedly stressed the need for comprehensive protection of employees in the reform process. Redundancies, transfers against the will of those affected and financial burdens are ruled out. These commitments are binding beyond the election and offer "better legal protection than a collective bargaining agreement," a spokesman said as recently as wednesday. Written commitments are not enough for the union. It demands that everything be laid down in a collective agreement.