A police car passes the central railway station in Cologne, Germany. (File)InternationalIndiaAfricaFriday’s rail strike was set to dovetail another recent walkout at four German airports – Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart – by members of the Verdi union that began Thursday.Rail workers have staged a walkout in Germany, demanding inflation-busting pay raises. The strike has brought the national operator Deutsche Bahn’s services to a grinding halt.The EVG union organized the strike, which was scheduled to last from 3 a.m. (0100 GMT) to 11 a.m., but the train system was expected to be affected all day.The union, which is negotiating on behalf of 230,000 workers, is seeking a 12-percent pay hike, or at least 650 euros ($715) more per month. Deutsche Bahn has offered 5% and one-time payments of up to 2,500 euros.WorldMass Strike to Stymie Transport Services Throughout Germany27 March, 06:13 GMTIn March, two of Germany’s largest trade unions, Verdi and EVG, launched a nationwide transportation strike, leading to mass cancellations of trains, flights and buses all over the country. Workers demanded higher wages amid mounting inflation and rising energy and food prices.In February 2023, food prices jumped 21.8% year-on-year, while energy prices increased by 19.1% over the same time span, official statistics revealed.