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Germany's Railway, Airline Workers Strike

A digital board that reads 'no train service' is seen at the empty Cologne Central Station during a nationwide strike called by the EVG rail and transport union over a wage dispute, in Cologne, Germany, April 21, 2023.

Germany’s train system came to a standstill Friday when railway workers went on strike for eight hours.

EVG, the union representing the state-owned Deutsche Bahn workers, says its members need a raise to counter inflation.

Long distance and regional trains were affected by the strike, which lasted from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The railway strike coincided with a walkout at four major German airports, affecting hundreds of flights. Reuters news agency reports 700 flights were canceled.