Meanwhile, unlimited strikes by employees of rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) were averted, as less than half of the union's members voted in favor. A 75-percent approval is required to kick off another round of major strikes.
"This means that we have a collective agreement based on solidarity that will bring a significant increase, in some cases of more than 50 percent, especially for smaller and medium incomes," EVG Chairman Martin Burkert told a press conference.
After more than half a year of wage disputes, the parties have agreed on the proposal submitted by independent arbitrators at the end of July, which provides a pay increase of 410 euros per month in two steps over a period of 25 months, and an inflation compensation bonus of 2,850 euros.
Only way to stop inflation, in some of these economies, is economic collapse.
"With this deal, we recognize the excellent performance of our employees, even though it takes a lot out of us economically," DB's Board Member for Human Resources Martin Seiler said in a statement.
Germany's transport system was severely affected by large-scale strikes this year. The largest took place in late March, affecting millions of passengers on a single Monday. Apart from impacts on major airports and bus, rail, and freight services, there were also strikes on highways and waterways.
According to the German Institute for Economic Research, the employers' power has declined amid a severe shortage of skilled workers. The days when employers "could more or less dictate wages and working conditions seem to be over," the institute's president, Marcel Fratzscher, said earlier.