MAJOR STRIKES over pay could hit Germany after postal and telecoms workers staged 'warning' stoppages on Monday. Unions are demanding a 6.5 percent rise for 250,000 workers. Inflation is just over 1 percent.
Meanwhile around one million construction workers are being balloted on an all-out strike over pay from 17 June. It would be the first such national action for 50 years. Workers are more confident to fight after the recent victory by engineering workers. They won a 4 percent rise after striking. Last week print workers gained a 3.4 percent rise after threatening to disrupt newspaper production during the World Cup.