S-Bahn, U-Bahn or Munich Airport: the mega strike by the Verdi union had a major impact on day-to-day events.
Munich – On Monday, March 27th, almost everything in Munich came to a standstill.
Public transport was all but paralysed.
The mega strike was called by the Verdi union across Germany.
A big sign was set, because many commuters felt the work stoppage firsthand.
Mega strike with major impact: strikers report on their finances
Even at 10 a.m. the streets in Munich were still crowded, which is unusual even for this time of day, as tz.de reported in the daily ticker about the situation in the state capital of Bavaria.
The MVV buses ran at reduced intervals, and from 12 noon there was also light shuttle traffic on the main S-Bahn route.
A little further north, the work had already been stopped on Sunday: at Munich Airport.
Hundreds of thousands of passengers were affected here.
Konrad Grammer is accompanied by the ARD as part of a contribution to the Tagesschau on the day of the strike.
He works in baggage handling at Munich Airport, earns 2,100 euros a month, according to the report, and lives in the greater Munich area.
He wants to go on strike.
"I only know the baker 200 meters away from the outside, I buy everything in the supermarket," says Grammer, standing in his own four walls: "As cheap as it gets.
It won't work otherwise."
Works council at Munich Airport disappointed with the negotiations
Ralf Krüger, Munich Airport Works Council, describes his frustration at ARD to the strikers at the microphone: "Massive disappointment about what is happening in the collective bargaining.
Massive disappointment that no one understands that you simply cannot live sensibly in the region with so little money.”
"Physically and mentally we're totally exhausted," says Grammer, who has mixed with the many strikers at Munich Airport wearing a yellow vest, some of whom also have a mini-job.
"We can't afford anything anymore.
The car insurance, the rents, the prices in the supermarket,” he cites a few of the many examples.
The airport employee advocates a 10.5 percent salary increase or 500 euros more per month.
At the beginning of March 2023, the rent index for 2022 was presented in Munich, whereupon the tenants' association spoke of "bad news" and a "shock".
Rent levels have never risen so sharply.
Even Mayor Dieter Reiter described the numbers as "rather devastating".
For the strikers living in and around Munich, just one example of many to put pressure on the collective bargaining.