Trade unions want to paralyze local and long-distance traffic on March 27th.
The train reacts.
Which sectors are still affected by the strike and what you need to watch out for.
Update from March 23, 5:10 p.m .:
Update from March 23, 5:10 p.m .:
Deutsche Bahn is responding to the large-scale strike that has been called by announcing that it will completely stop long-distance traffic on Monday.
As the group further reports, “largely no trains will run” in regional transport either.
Not only trips on March 27 are affected.
"According to statements by the union, the first effects of striking employees are already possible on Sunday evening," it said.
Accordingly, the warning strike will still affect rail traffic on Tuesday.
Deutsche Bahn also announced: Passengers who have planned a train journey for Monday or Tuesday can use their ticket flexibly up to and including April 4th.
In addition, seat reservations can be canceled free of charge.
More detailed information on the impact of the warning strike is to be provided as soon as possible.
The ICEs can take it easy on Monday: Because of the strike, Deutsche Bahn has completely stopped its long-distance traffic.
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First report from March 23:
First report from March 23:
Berlin/Munich – In the escalating wage dispute, the railway union EVG and the United Services Union (Verdi) want to paralyze local and long-distance public transport.
Air traffic will also be affected.
For at least half a day on March 27th, travel by train, bus and plane should not be possible.
The unions announced this on Thursday, March 23.
Unions Verdi and EVG are planning a mega strike on Monday
"This strike day will have a massive effect," said Verdi boss Frank Werneke on Thursday in Berlin.
According to the EVG, not only the long-distance, regional and S-Bahn transport, as well as some bus companies are affected by the mega strike.
There should also be restrictions in the area of ship traffic.
In addition, in the Verdi organizational area - with the exception of Berlin - the employees of all German commercial airports are called to walk out.
Air traffic will therefore be restricted throughout the period.
The warning strike is scheduled to begin at midnight on the night of March 26/27 and end at midnight on March 27.
But the extent of the strike could also be felt in the days before.
Hours before the strike begins, trains are taken out of service, resulting in delays and deviations from the timetable.
Motorway traffic is also to be paralyzed on March 27, as the employees of the federal motorway companies are also called to walk out.
Restrictions apply to drivers, particularly in the area of tunnel connections.
According to Werneke, the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and large parts of Bavaria are affected by the warning strike.
Large-scale failures are to be expected in these parts of Germany.
Since these particularly affect local transport, you may not be able to get to work or school.
Deutsche Bahn expects “massive impairments” in rail operations
Due to the announcements, Deutsche Bahn (DB) expects “massive impairments” on the day of the strike.
"More detailed information on the effects on traffic will follow," the group announced on Thursday.
"It is already clear that extensive goodwill regulations are planned for the passengers affected."
Deutsche Bahn described the strike itself as “unreasonable and unnecessary”.
Personnel Director Seiler believes that the EVG "must face up to its responsibility and return to the negotiating table immediately".
"Our employees and passengers now need a quick solution, not a big warning strike," he says.
Mega strike threatened at the end of March - These cities, areas and institutions are affected
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Paralyzed traffic: Strikes are no excuse for being late at work
The chairman of the railway and transport union (EVG), Martin Burkert, recommends travelers to get to their destination early on Sunday.
"Because there can definitely be shifts that go into Monday from Sunday evening," he said on Thursday when announcing the joint industrial action with the Verdi union in Berlin.
In order to get to work on time on the day of the strike, employees should set off on time, the Heidelberg lawyer Michael Eckert explained to
: “That can also mean leaving one or two hours earlier.
And in any case, you should tell the boss that it will be later.
That way, trouble can be avoided.” Because a strike is not an excuse for a delay in legal terms.
Taking vacation, working overtime or working from home – these are the options for employees who have to look after their children.
Mega strike: Compulsory schooling still remains
Children do not have school-free time, because school is compulsory during strikes in local public transport, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Education.
If students are dependent on public transport, schools can decide for themselves whether students are released from class in the event of a strike.
Politicians have already called for schools to show understanding when absent due to strikes.
Designing the lessons in digital form is also a way to avoid absenteeism.
When the strike is announced, parents should pay attention to information from the respective school.
Trains and buses do not run: cycling and car sharing as an alternative
In the event of a strike, you should switch to other means of transport if possible.
In the case of short distances: bicycles, e-scooters and similar offers from sharing providers are a good alternative to buses and trains.
Carpooling is also an option if the school is far from where you live.
When driving by car, traffic jam indicators and traffic jam forecasts should be checked in advance.
It is also best to leave earlier to avoid delays.
A home office solution might be an option.
If flights are canceled due to a strike, the airline must offer an alternative.
In the event of a strike, a rebooking usually falls on the next day.
Around three million employees in the public sector are affected by the negotiations between the trade unions and the employers' associations.
Verdi's next important collective bargaining round is on March 27th.
There has already been an agreement on a collective agreement at Swiss Post.
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