Since last Thursday, the 14th of July, there have been renewed strikes by dockworkers at various port locations. The current strike was preceded by two other strikes - a total of 80 hours of strike action. This makes the current strike the biggest in 40 years.

But still the demand for a wage increase has not been met. Instead of accommodating the strikers, various port logistics companies even tried to take legal action against the strike and thus ban it.  But they were only successful in Hamburg. Here, a settlement was reached, ordering a peace obligation from the 17th of July for the next six weeks on the side of the workers and three negotiation talks between the trade union verdi and the companies. A lazy compromise, because so far the negotiations had not brought any results for the workers either. Even if one reads the statements of the different logistics companies, there is no willingness to talk. Instead, they try to portray the strikers as irresponsible and lacking solidarity, e.g. the head of the Hamburg port logistics company HHLA said: "Industrial action endangers the supply of the German economy in the current situation. Moreover, the delay caused by the strike would mean a "worsening of the supply situation for consumers and businesses in Germany".
But the fact that the striking workers do not want to back down from their demands and stand firmly together was shown recently at the strike in Hamburg, where the police tried to arrest the suspect after an alleged firecracker was thrown. The workers then showed solidarity with their colleague and started throwing bottles at the police. The police responded to the workers' struggle with pepper spray. In total, five police officers and five demonstrators were injured in the clashes.