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General Strike in Europe Disrupts Rail and Port Freight

German and British railway workers went on strike on May 14, disrupting rail and port freight across Europe. The strikes, which are part of a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions, are expected to have a significant impact on the movement of goods and people.

In Germany, the German Railway and Transport Union (EVG) called a 50-hour strike that began on Sunday evening. The strike has forced Deutsche Bahn, the German state-owned railway company, to cancel all long-distance trains and most regional services. The strike is also expected to have a knock-on effect on other modes of transport, including buses and ferries.

In the UK, the National Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT) is staging a three-day strike that began on Tuesday. The strike is expected to cause widespread disruption to train services across the country.

The strikes are the latest in a series of industrial action by transport workers across Europe. In recent months, there have been strikes by railway workers in Italy, Spain, and France. The strikes are a sign of the growing discontent among transport workers, who are facing rising inflation and stagnant wages.

The strikes are also having a significant impact on the economy. The German government has estimated that the EVG strike will cost the economy €1 billion per day. The UK government has said that the RMT strike could cost the economy £1 billion.

The strikes are a reminder of the importance of transport workers. They are the people who keep our economies moving, and they deserve to be paid fairly and treated with respect.