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As of: February 23, 2024 2:11 p.m

The ver.di union is calling for warning strikes in local public transport nationwide next week. The actions are planned on different days regionally, with March 1st as the main strike day. Northern Germany is also affected.

As ver.di announced on Thursday, there will be strikes on different days from Monday to Saturday, “primarily all day long and predominantly over several days.” Fridays for Future supports the strike and is calling for a so-called climate strike with numerous demonstrations on March 1st.

Lower Saxony: Warning strikes in several cities

In Lower Saxony, the ver.di union has announced that it will take part in warning strikes in several cities. The employees in the local transport collective agreement are called upon. This is planned:

Hannover: Warning strike on February 29th and March 1st.
Braunschweig: Warning strike on February 29th and 01.03.
Osnabruck: Warning strike on February 29th and 01.03.
Göttingen: Warning strike from February 28th until 01.03.
Wolfsburg: Warning strike on February 29th and 01.03.
Goslar: Warning strike on February 29th and 01.03.

Ver.di negotiator Marian Drews explained the planned actions in Lower Saxony: “The employers came to the negotiation on February 22nd completely unprepared, interrupted the meeting for four hours in order to cobble together an offer on site that is absolutely inadequate, because it does not provide relief for everyone, but only for a few employees.” Further campaigns are being planned, which ver.di will provide information about at a later date.

Schleswig-Holstein: Five days of strike – but not in big cities

Ver.di has called on employees in the private bus industry in Schleswig-Holstein to go on a warning strike from Monday to Friday. This should start on Monday with the early morning service and end late on Friday evening. However, bus traffic in the independent cities of Kiel, Lübeck, Flensburg and Neumünster should not be affected by the strikes.

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The Omnibus Association North (OVN) described strikes in the private bus industry as “unnecessary and superfluous” at the beginning of the month. A reduction in weekly working hours to 35 hours is not feasible, also because there are too few drivers.

Work stoppages also in Hamburg

In Hamburg, the union has called on employees of Hochbahn and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) to go on a 48-hour warning strike starting next Thursday. The work stoppage began at 3 a.m. and ended at the same time on Saturday, ver.di said. The night buses from Friday to Saturday are also affected.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: “Let’s see what happens next”

It is unclear whether and to what extent Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will also be affected by further warning strikes. “Let’s see what happens next,” said a spokesman for the ver.di union. In MV there had already been warning strikes in public transport on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the past few weeks there have been several campaigns in individual federal states. On February 2nd, ver.di struck local public transport in a nationwide coordinated action. At that time, according to the union, more than 80 cities and around 40 districts were affected. “The signal that the employees sent with their strike was apparently not sufficiently understood, because collective bargaining in the individual federal states still remained without results,” said ver.di deputy chairwoman Christine Behle. “In order to finally bring movement into the negotiations, pressure must now be put on employers again.”

Shortage of staff at all transport companies

The union is currently negotiating in parallel in all federal states, but the collective agreement has not been terminated in Bavaria. This means that strikes cannot take place there. In most rounds, the main focus is on the working conditions for employees. A new collective agreement for the transport companies is being negotiated in Hamburg.

Ver.di demands, among other things, shorter working hours without financial losses, longer rest periods between individual shifts, more vacation days or more vacation pay. This is intended to relieve the burden on employees and make jobs in local transport more attractive. All transport companies suffer from a lack of staff. Bus drivers in particular are difficult to find.

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Further information

There were significant impacts for passengers on Monday and Tuesday. Hanover and Göttingen were among those affected. more

There is another strike in local transport today. In Rostock, buses and trains are at a standstill – but not in Schwerin. more

This time the warning strike in the private bus industry, called for by the ver.di union, will last five days. more

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NDR Info | 02/22/2024 | 2:45 p.m

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