Public Service Workers Strike in East Germany

<i> Reuters</i>

Tens of thousands of public service workers staged wildcat strikes for better pay across East Germany on Wednesday, clogging city centers with convoys of honking ambulances, garbage trucks and fire engines.

Public transport, hospitals, water and fire services came to a standstill for two hours in the largest protest so far by workers in the 1.6-million-strong East German service sector.

The stoppage indicated growing disillusionment with the German unification process.