Strikes in the public transport sector are sweeping Germany again

Citing the German newspaper “Wirthschaftswoche”, the strikes in Germany continue in protest against wages. Verdi Union has again called the employees of the public transport sector to hold a strike.

As such, the Verdi union wants a new warning strike in the local transport sector. About 40 transport companies with around 5,000 employees are affected by the strike call, most of which provide local public transport or freight transport by rail. The union announced on Monday that the employees of these departments have been called to leave on Wednesday (April 26).

The strikes are planned in Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bayern and Baden-Württemberg, which Vardy wants to announce in advance because of possible damage.

The union is demanding a salary increase of 550 euros per month for employees over a period of twelve months. In the first round of negotiations on April 17, employers made a lower offer. Verdi also wants better working conditions to deal with the lack of manpower in companies.

On Thursday and Friday, the strikes in the rail and air transportation sectors caused a lot of disturbances in Germany.

Passengers faced numerous delays and cancellations at several German airports on Thursday and Friday.

During the strike on March 27, both EVG and Verdi took action, paralyzing several airports in the Federal Republic in addition to local, regional and long-distance public transport. No train was running on the tracks for hours.

Negotiations for new collective agreements have begun since late February. EVG is negotiating for 230,000 employees, 180,000 of whom work for Deutsche Bahn.

The EVG strongly refuses to accept the arbitration award as another basis for negotiation and has stated: We must increase the pressure on employers who think they can ignore the demands of their workers. This union found the proposals presented unacceptable.

Union Verdi and EVG want to increase pressure in their collective bargaining.

The Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry (BDL) strongly criticized the successive strikes at various German airports.

According to the BDL report, only in the first three months of this year, there was a strike at the airport every eleven days. Due to the massive strike on March 26 and 27, 2023, around 3,500 flights were canceled on those two days. This means that the number of flights canceled due to strikes this year is significantly higher than the number of flights canceled in all of 2019. At that time there were 3,300 flights during the year that were not operated due to strikes, according to BDL.






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