Participation in the warning strike was also high in the Miesbach district – trains and buses stood still until the afternoon.
However, the expected traffic chaos did not materialize.
– Not only commuters who had to walk or cycle to work braved the sleet yesterday.
Public transport workers also used the strike, despite the wet and cold three degrees, to draw attention to their demands from the railway and transport union (EVG) with horns, whistles, signs and banners.
The actual effects of the strike could not be heard, but rather visible in the eerie silence at the train stations: trains of the Bavarian Regiobahn (BRB) and buses of the Regionalverkehr Oberbayern (RVO) stood completely still.
The commuter car park in Holzkirchen, like elsewhere, was almost empty, and there was almost no one to be seen on the platforms.
Standstill: The BRB trains, here at Tegernsee station, remained dark and the platforms were deserted.
© Stefan Schweihofer
The few people who came anyway obviously didn't notice anything about the strike, said Torsten Leuschner.
However, they would have reacted “nicely and understandingly”.
As a member of the collective bargaining commission, he protested with around 20 colleagues from the BRB, RVO and DB Netz against the employer's offer at the train station in Holzkirchen, where the BRB is also based.
Overall, around 90 percent participated, the group said.
"It doesn't move at all."
Increased employee responsibility
Participation was also a “calling” for Marek Neuling, an employee at DB Netz.
His motivation is the young employees who can hardly pay for an apartment with 1900 euros a month.
Subsidized housing by Deutsche Bahn has not existed for years, unlike 25 years ago when it started.
Over the years, the variety of work and responsibility has increased - "without financial compensation".
Like newcomers, other employees fear for the offspring and increasing costs with real wage losses.
Kathleen Rudolph, also on the collective bargaining committee, emphasized: "Our demands are not excessive."
From the ranks of the strikers, the desire for a compromise was voiced, it is about respect and appreciation.
"We are responsible for the passengers that they reach their destination safely and on time," said one of the employees.
But: "The shortage of skilled workers is exorbitant." Shifts of eight to twelve hours are the order of the day.
Insufficient wages make the job appear unattractive and are the cause of the shortage of employees.
"The wages are simply no longer up to date." One of those present added: "We have a 60 percent increase in energy prices" - the EVG is demanding an increase of twelve percent in wages.
With the power cut, it is financially difficult.
Traffic was limited
During the course of Monday, BRB was initially unable to foresee when the trains would run again – operations only started in the late afternoon according to an emergency plan.
"We can't start from zero to one hundred," said spokeswoman Annette Luckner.
Some trains are not parked where they should be, making it difficult to start.
From today, Tuesday, the trains should be running normally again.
"But that also depends on DB Netz AG," said Luckner.
Depending on how long their employees are on strike, operations are restricted.
While buses and trains stood still as expected, there was no traffic chaos.
Werner Oberholzner, headmaster of the Tegernsee high school, had expected a "large number of parents' taxis", but stated on Monday: "I was more pessimistic than it turned out." A small to medium double-digit number of students did not show up for class.
"That was very limited." The traffic in front of the school was also relaxed.
"Apparently most have found decentralized solutions."
Alternatives: Parents' taxis stopped in front of the Tegernsee Gymnasium – albeit less than expected.
© Stefan Schweihofer
Michael Hüttl, headmaster of the Fachoberschule Holzkirchen, looks back on Monday in a similarly positive way.
As reported, the FOS had completely switched to distance learning.
The scenario that has already been tested "worked without any problems".
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