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Dock workers in Germany strike


BERLIN — Dock workers at Germany’s North Sea ports went on strike Friday in the latest of several walkouts that have added pressures on shipping as their union demands a hefty pay rise to counter high inflation.

The strike, which is to end on Saturday morning, has largely paralyzed cargo handling at major ports including Hamburg, Bremerhave­n and Wilhelmsha­ven. It follows a 24-hour walkout in June and a previous one-shift warning strike.

However, there will be no further strikes before late August under a deal reached at the labor court in Hamburg on Thursday night, the court said. The agreement calls for the two sides to set three further dates for negotiatio­ns up to Aug. 26.

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