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Local transport strike on Wednesday: students do not come to the Abitur exam


The wage dispute between the EVG and Verdi unions is about to enter the next round of strikes. Work will stop again on Wednesday. The developments in the news ticker.

The wage dispute between the EVG and Verdi unions is about to enter the next round of strikes.

Work will stop again on Wednesday.

The developments in the news ticker.

  • Next public transport strike

    : On Wednesday, the Verdi union again paralyzed parts of public transport in Germany.

  • 23,500 participants in the EVG strike

    on Friday: The EVG drew a positive conclusion after the nationwide strike.

  • The start of traffic

    can take time in long-distance traffic: there are still delays all day.

  • This news ticker on the

    EVG and Verdi warning strikes

    on Thursday and Friday is constantly updated.

Update from April 26, 9:46 a.m .:

Verdi has called for a public transport strike in several federal states for Wednesday (April 26, 2023).

Some transport companies in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are on strike.

So far, Baden-Württemberg has been particularly affected: Verdi had called on 1,800 employees at SWEG Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-GmbH to stop working all day.

The SWEG announced that it wanted to keep the effects of the warning strike as low as possible.

In large parts of their traffic area, however, cancellations are to be expected.

In some places, a complete cessation of operations is also possible.

Many school buses are also affected by the warning strike.

The SWEG pointed this out to schoolchildren in particular who are facing important exams.

The German Abitur is written in Baden-Württemberg on Wednesday.

Warning strike: Verdi wants 550 euros more

Update from April 25, 11:36 a.m .:

The Verdi union is demanding an increase in wages and salaries of 550 euros per month for the employees of the transport companies over a period of twelve months.

Trainee remuneration is to increase by 250 euros.

In a first round of negotiations on April 17, the employers submitted a lower offer.

Verdi is also demanding better working conditions in order to counteract the shortage of staff in the companies.

The Employers' Association of German Railways criticized the warning strikes at the current stage of the negotiations as "completely excessive".

Also in view of the high school graduation exams that are running in many places, the behavior of the union is seen as "completely inconsiderate".

Next public transport strike: Verdi paralyzes traffic on Wednesday

Update from April 25, 9:46 a.m .:

In parts of local public transport, passengers have to prepare for failures and delays this Wednesday (April 26).

The reason is mostly all-day warning strikes by the Verdi union at some transport companies in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

The union wants to put pressure on the negotiations for the railway collective agreement (ETV), which applies to around 40 transport companies with around 5,000 employees.

They are not covered by the collective agreement for the federal and local public services, which was agreed on at the weekend.

They also have nothing to do with the currently ongoing collective bargaining at Deutsche Bahn AG and other railway companies, which are currently being conducted by the railway and transport union EVG.

ECG strike: 23,500 participants on Friday

Update from April 21, 12:47 p.m .:

 The railway and transport union (EVG) declared the nationwide warning strike in long-distance and regional transport on Friday morning to be over and drew a positive conclusion.

"We had a massive impact in all 50 companies," said collective bargaining officer Cosima Ingenschay.

"Virtually nothing went by rail or by bus." According to EVG Chairman Martin Burkert, a total of 23,500 people took part.

Burkert also announced further actions if the negotiations with the employers on Tuesday and Wednesday did not come up with a proposal that the union believed could be negotiated.

"Five percent increase with a term of 27 months is not an offer," said Burkert to previous proposals from the employer side.

"The anger and disappointment is very great that there are still no negotiable offers," said Ingenschay.

Train strike: The start of traffic can take time in long-distance traffic

Update from April 21, 10:15 a.m .:

From the point of view of Deutsche Bahn, most passengers have adjusted to the warning strike on the rails this Friday in good time.

"The train stations are almost empty," said a railway spokesman on Friday morning in Berlin.

In complete contrast to the previous day: "Yesterday, Thursday, we clearly felt that the trains were getting fuller." Many would have postponed their trip.

The railway assumes that it will then "get back on its feet very quickly" in regional and S-Bahn traffic, as the spokesman said.

"It takes longer in long-distance traffic."

From 1 p.m., the state-owned group wants to gradually use ICE and Intercity trains again.

The effects can still be clearly felt into the evening hours.

According to the online announcement by the railways, rail freight traffic is also affected by the strike, and traffic jams formed at the marshalling yards.


With nationwide warning strikes, the EVG paralyzed parts of public transport on Friday.

© Heiko Blatterspiel/Imago

Warning strike: “DB rail traffic is currently at a standstill due to the EVG strike”

Update from April 21, 8.40 a.m .:

The warning strike by the railway and transport union EVG almost completely paralyzed rail traffic on Friday morning.

“DB rail traffic is currently at a standstill due to the EVG strike.

The situation at the train stations is currently calm,” said Deutsche Bahn online.

"Around 1:00 p.m. we will gradually start up long-distance traffic again.

DB regional and S-Bahn traffic will start a little earlier," said a spokeswoman.

In long-distance traffic in particular, there could still be impairments hours after the end of the warning strike.

According to the online notification, rail freight traffic is also affected by the strike, and traffic jams formed at the marshalling yards.

The EVG has called on the employees of around 50 railway companies to go on warning strikes on Friday morning from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The background to this is the faltering wage negotiations that have been going on since the end of February.

The EVG is currently negotiating new collective agreements for around 230,000 employees, 180,000 of whom work for Deutsche Bahn.

The next negotiations between EVG and DB are scheduled for next Tuesday in Fulda.

EVG: Nationwide warning strike should last eight hours

Update from April 21, 6:56 a.m .:

The nationwide warning strike in German rail traffic began early Friday morning.

The strike, launched by the railway and transport union (EVG), is expected to last eight hours and end at 11 a.m.

According to the union, “not a single train will run” by then.

According to Deutsche Bahn, the effects on long-distance traffic should be noticeable until the early evening.

"According to information from the strike committee, the members of the EVG stopped work in the 50 striking companies at 3 a.m. on the dot," as the EVG announced.

With its second nationwide warning strike within four weeks, the EVG wants to increase the pressure on employers to "finally submit offers that can be negotiated".

Late on Thursday evening, the labor court in Frankfurt am Main declared the EVG's renewed warning strike to be permissible, according to the union.

Two companies in the Transdev Group had applied for an injunction to prohibit the industrial action.

Rail strike extended – EVG calls on more employees to go on warning strike

Update from April 20, 5:55 p.m .:

Commuters and travelers have to be prepared for traffic disruptions on Friday (April 21).

Due to a large-scale warning strike, rail traffic will almost completely come to a standstill in numerous federal states and also in Hesse, at least in the morning.

In addition to long-distance traffic, there will also be hardly any trains in regional traffic.

The railway and transport union EVG has called on its employees to stop working from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Deutsche Bahn then announced that it would completely stop long-distance traffic by 1 p.m., reports the German Press Agency (dpa).

However, impairments could still occur into the evening hours.

Local and regional transport is also expected to come to a standstill in the morning and morning, but the ramp-up of operations should be faster after the end of the warning strike, reports the dpa.

According to the Deutsche Bahn, no replacement bus service could be set up because there were not enough vehicles or staff.

After the end of the strike, rail traffic is to be gradually ramped up again.

However, it will be hours before the trains run on schedule again.

Subways, trams and buses are not affected by the strike.

Parallel to the warning strike on the rails, Verdi's industrial action at Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg airports will continue on Friday - it will also be extended to Stuttgart airport.

Deutsche Bahn strike on Friday: EVG calls on other employees to go on warning strike

Update from April 20, 10:27 a.m .:

The employees of the railway company Transdev were also called on Friday morning to go on a warning strike.

The railway and transport union (EVG) said on Thursday that the company submitted an "insufficient offer" during the previous day's wage negotiations with the Transdev group.

Therefore, the collective bargaining was initially interrupted.

According to the company, it is the "largest private mobility provider in Germany" and operates the second-largest fleet of rail vehicles in Germany - such as the Bayerische Oberlandbahn, the NordWestBahn, Transdev Regio Ost or the Württembergische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft.

The number of employees is around 7800.

Warning strike also at airports: 100,000 passengers affected

Update from April 20, 9:46 a.m .:

The strike by the Verdi union for aviation security personnel is already starting today.

The airports in Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne/Bonn are largely paralyzed.

"The departure terminals are swept empty," said Hamburg Airport on Thursday.

Since passenger control was on strike, all 308 departures planned for Thursday and Friday had to be cancelled.

In addition, around a third of the original 310 landings are likely to fail.

The other airports also reported severe impairments.

The industrial action began on Thursday night and will end on Saturday night.

Verdi is also on strike at Stuttgart Airport on Friday.

The airport association ADV recently stated that around 700 departures would probably not take place.

About 100,000 passengers are affected.

"Airports are again being misused as a platform for permanent strikes," criticized ADV general manager Ralph Beisel.

Industrial action aimed at paralyzing several airports and thus cutting off large areas of international and national air traffic went far beyond what was tolerable and were completely inappropriate.

EVG boss on warning strike on the railways: Simultaneous Verdi strike is "coincidence"

Update from April 19, 2:25 p.m .:

For travelers, Friday will be a test of patience.

In addition to the strike on the railways, there are also strikes at three airports.

Verdi had called on workers at Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports to go on strike on Thursday and Friday.

"Not a single train will run on Friday," said Cosima Ingenschay, one of the two collective bargaining boards at EVG, on Wednesday.

The fact that Verdi was on strike at the same time was "a coincidence", assured collective bargaining officer Kristian Loroch.

At the end of March, both unions jointly paralyzed public transport nationwide.

Train strike on Friday: DB describes warning strike as "completely useless and unnecessary"

Update from April 19, 10:44 a.m .:

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has condemned the warning strike planned by the railway and transport union (EVG) on Friday morning as “completely useless and unnecessary”.

Friday is the day of the week with the most travel, and the warning strike is hitting many commuters “particularly hard,” explained DB HR Director Martin Seiler on Wednesday.

Deutsche Bahn expects “significant restrictions” in long-distance and regional transport on Friday.

"Anyone who can reschedule should do so," said Seiler.

The EVG have "completely lost measure and middle" and rely "only on riots".

Seiler accused the union of carrying out its competition with the Union of German Locomotive Drivers (GDL) "at the expense of the passengers".

"That's not serious." The warning strike is a "pure member acquisition campaign".

EVG announces another warning strike at Deutsche Bahn

First report from April 19, 8.45 a.m .:

Commuters and travelers have to adjust to far-reaching restrictions in long-distance and regional transport by Deutsche Bahn and other transport companies this Friday.

The railway and transport union (EVG) has called for warning strikes lasting several hours in the ongoing wage dispute in the railway industry.

Between 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning and 11:00 a.m. in the morning, employees in all railway companies where negotiations are taking place should stop working, the union announced on Wednesday.

Train strike: commuters and long-distance transport – who is particularly affected

"We are sending a clear signal that we don't want to hit the passengers, but the companies, by calling for a temporary warning strike in the early hours this time," said EVG board member Cosima Ingenschay.

However, this should particularly affect commuter traffic and thus commuters.

In addition, the long-distance traffic of Deutsche Bahn in particular is likely to come to a standstill throughout the day because the trains cannot be put on the route in the morning.

The EVG continues its negotiations with the railway company Transdev this Wednesday.

In the coming week, talks should also continue at Deutsche Bahn, which is a particular focus.

In the negotiations with the industry, the employee representatives are demanding at least 650 euros more per month or twelve percent for the upper income groups and a term of twelve months.

The union is currently negotiating in the second round with around 50 railway companies.

Second rail strike: 2.5 million workers demand more money

The EVG had already organized a first warning strike at the end of March together with the Verdi trade union.

At that time, not only regional and long-distance rail transport but also air and water transport were at a standstill.

Verdi is currently negotiating with the federal and local governments about more money for the approximately 2.5 million public sector employees.

Independent arbitrators proposed a solution last weekend in the wage dispute in the public sector.

This initially provides for a tax and royalty-free inflation adjustment in several stages of a total of 3000 euros.

From March 2024 there will then be a base amount of 200 euros and then a wage increase of 5.5 percent.

The railways had recently made it clear that they also considered a compromise of this magnitude to be conceivable for the railway industry.

In the next round of negotiations on April 25 in Fulda, the company announced on Sunday that a conclusion could be reached quickly.

The EVG, in turn, immediately rejected such a tariff solution for its own industry.


List of rubrics: © Frank Hoermann/ SVEN SIMON/ Imago

Source: merkur

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