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Angry farmers stage Germany-wide tractor blockades

Published : Tuesday, 9 January, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 159

Angry farmers stage Germany-wide tractor blockades

Angry farmers stage Germany-wide tractor blockades

BERLIN, Jan 8: Furious farmers opposed to Berlins plans to cut tax breaks for agriculture used tractors to block roads across Germany on Monday, kicking off a series of crippling strikes sinking the country deeper into a winter of discontent.

In Berlin, dozens of tractors and lorries stationed in the city centre blasted their horns to signal their anger at the start of a planned week of action.

Rail workers will likewise launch a three-day strike on Wednesday, with unions seeking a pay rise to compensate for months of painfully high inflation.

Workers in sectors across Germany, from metallurgy and transport to education, have turned to industrial action in recent weeks. Wage negotiations have taken a bitter turn as Europes biggest economy struggles with weak growth.

"We are exercising our basic right to inform society and the political class that Germany needs a competitive agricultural sector," German Farmers Association President Joachim Rukwied told Stern magazine.

"Thats the only way to ensure the supply of high-quality, homegrown food."    —AFP

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