Public transport workers join climate activists for week of strikes across Germany

(The Guardian, 26 Feb 2024) Verdi union in unusual alliance with Fridays For Future, founded by Greta Thunberg, based on common goals.

Public transport workers across Germany are joining forces with climate activists for a week of strike action culminating in a collective nationwide walkout and climate protest on Friday.

One of Europe’s largest trade unions, Verdi, which represents the majority of public transport workers in Germany, is collaborating with the youth-led Fridays for Future in what the organisations themselves admit is an unusual partnership, but one born out of recognition of their overlapping goals. More action on the climate crisis requires greater investment in public transport, they argue.

Previously, transport workers and Fridays for Future have often been in opposition to each other.

Under the slogan #WirFahrenZusammen (We’re driving together), the new alliance will hope to galvanise public support for their goals. A recent train drivers’ strike that went on for several days, costing the economy an estimated €1bn (£860m), garnered considerable backing from the public.

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The Guardian, 26 Feb 2024: Public transport workers join climate activists for week of strikes across Germany