The Verdi and EVG unions have announced a joint strike in the transport sector next Monday (March 27).
What that means for Bavaria.
Munich/Potsdam – At a press conference, the heads of the railway and transport union (EVG) and the Verdi services union announced a joint strike call for Monday (March 27).
Verdi calls on 120,000 employees nationwide to strike, EVG calls on 230,000 bus and train workers.
This also means for Bavaria: Anyone who has to be on the move on Monday with whatever means of transport, apart from perhaps the bicycle, will have to be prepared for serious problems.
The mega strike in Bavaria: Neither regional trains, nor S-Bahn, U-Bahn or trams and buses run on Monday.
The lights go out at the airport on Sunday.
Super strike in Bavaria on Monday: what's going on?
The aim of the unions is to paralyze German local and long-distance transport by rail, road, air and water.
All employees of public transport companies, including employees of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and airport employees, are affected by the strike.
Will be read frequently on Monday: An advert indicates a train cancellation.
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How long will the strike last?
The strike call explicitly includes the entire Monday.
From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, all employees in local and long-distance public transport should stay away from their workplace.
Super strike in Bavaria: Big cities with public transport and S-Bahn are hit particularly hard
The big cities are hit particularly hard because both the DB-organized S-Bahn and public transport (bus, tram, subway) are to be struck in equal measure.
In Nuremberg, for example, neither the three subway lines, the buses and trams (operated by VAG) nor the S-Bahn will run.
Here you can read about the effects of the strike on Munich.
Regionalbahn: Private railway companies, such as BRB, are also affected by the strike
But no trains should go beyond the city limits.
The regional network of DB is also to be struck.
Incidentally, not only DB regional trains are affected, but also all other private railway companies.
The Bayerische Regionalbahn (BRB), for example, which uses the routes from Munich to Tegernsee, Bad Tölz and Miesbach, among other things, points out possible restrictions in a current press release.
Two passengers are waiting at the platform at a train station.
It will take a little longer on Monday.
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More details are not yet known, but "should Deutsche Bahn employees, who are essential for infrastructure and railway operations, go on strike, no train services could take place".
An emergency plan is already in place.
The BRB has not yet revealed what it looks like.
The BRB can be used here as an example for all private railway companies.
Because almost all of the rail network in Bavaria still belongs to DB Netz.
Traffic chaos on the streets on Monday?
How many people are taking to the streets?
For many who have to go to work, their own car remains. It is quite possible that long traffic jams threaten to stretch into the conurbations at rush hour.
To top it all off, winter is supposed to return in southern Bavaria on Monday with a real snowstorm.
The German Weather Service warns of snow drifts as far as Munich.
It is to be hoped that the option to work from home, which many employees (who are able to do so) are now happy to use, will at least relieve the traffic load on Monday mornings a little.
This is what it could look like on Monday in southern Bavaria: an SEV bus in a flurry of snow.
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Munich airport employees strike for two days: All flights are cancelled
The trade unions proved in February that airports can be completely paralyzed by a strike.
The German Aviation Association is already assuming that almost all flights across Germany will be cancelled.
There is even a two-day strike at Munich Airport.
On Sunday (March 26) and Monday (March 27).
All flights on these two days are canceled without replacement.
The airport advises all travelers to get information from their airline in good time.
Super strike on Monday in Bavaria: What else is driving?
What else is driving on Monday?
This question will probably not be answered until early Monday morning.
We are following the situation in Munich and Bavaria live on Monday from 6 a.m. on Merkur.de/bayern.
In principle, it is not agreed that all employees who are called to go on strike will also stop work.
Not all are in the union and have to pay for absenteeism out of their own pockets.
So there will be an emergency operation.
How extensive this will be depends on how many employees respond to the strike call from the unions.
The latter, of course, assume that there will be a high number of strikes, also because the mood in the companies is accordingly.
Nevertheless, there will probably be an emergency operation on most neuralgic routes.
At the moment, no one can say how closely it will run and which routes will be used.
Are the school buses still running?
In rural areas, workers in smaller transport companies are rarely unionized.
Therefore, one can cautiously assume that the probability of a strike-related cancellation of school buses is relatively low.
What if students don't make it to school?
In fact, Bavaria's Minister of Education Michael Piazolo (Freie Wahler) announced on Friday that students in Bavaria may stay at home under certain circumstances because of the strike.
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