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Germany: Strikers drum up a fuss at Traffic Ministry00:42

Germany: Strikers drum up a fuss at Traffic Ministry

Germany, Berlin
February 28, 2013 at 15:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

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Germany: Strikers drum up a fuss at Traffic Ministry

Six hundred angry employees of the German shipping industry marched on Berlin's Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in Berlin on Thursday to show their opposition to the planned dismissal of 2,000 employees nationwide.

Minister of Traffic Peter Ramsauer was met by the sound of drums and whistles while trying to express his understanding for the protests calling for collective bargaining rights and job protection for the 12,000 employees occupied by the German shipping industry.

The industry has suffered a four-year slump since funding from shipping financiers dried up amidst the global economic downtown. A long-simmering crisis in global container shipping has led 100 ship funds to close so far, with 800 others threatened with insolvency.

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Germany: Strikers drum up a fuss at Traffic Ministry

Six hundred angry employees of the German shipping industry marched on Berlin's Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in Berlin on Thursday to show their opposition to the planned dismissal of 2,000 employees nationwide.

Minister of Traffic Peter Ramsauer was met by the sound of drums and whistles while trying to express his understanding for the protests calling for collective bargaining rights and job protection for the 12,000 employees occupied by the German shipping industry.

The industry has suffered a four-year slump since funding from shipping financiers dried up amidst the global economic downtown. A long-simmering crisis in global container shipping has led 100 ship funds to close so far, with 800 others threatened with insolvency.