Thousands of German public sector workers in three western states walked out on strike on Monday after demands for wage increases of 6.5 percent were blocked in talks. Buses and trains were at a standstill in Frankfurt, causing travel disruption in Germany's financial capital.
In Saarland, hundreds of daycare centres and banks were shut, while hospitals and nursing homes were also affected. Employers dismissed the demands as unrealistic in pay negotiations, but did not produce an alternative offer. The discussions are set to resume on March 12.