Workers hold a banner during a demonstration as part of a warning strike called by German union Verdi on April 10, 2018 outside Frankfurt am Main's airport, Germany. / AFP / dpa / Arne Dedert
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Thousands of passengers were left stranded at German airports Tuesday as more than 60,000 ground staff and other public sector workers staged walkouts across the country to increase the pressure in a pay dispute.German union Verdi wants a 6 percent pay rise for its 2.3 million public sector employees at the federal and local level.The union said more than 60,000 workers in eight German states took part in the strikes, and further walkouts were planned across the country in coming days.In the industrial sector, 3.9 million workers agreed on a pay and flexible working hours deal in February that amounted to a roughly 4 percent rise per year for 2018 and 2019 .
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