Warning strikes in northern Germany: many commuters affected | – news

Status: 09/29/2020 9:37 p.m.

No buses, no trains: On Tuesday, public transport employees across northern Germany went on strike. Tens of thousands of commuters were affected. There were traffic jams in many cities.

In Hamburg At the start of operations, employees of the Hochbahn and the Hamburg transport company stopped working. There have been no buses or subways since the early hours of the morning, only school traffic should be maintained. Since noon, operations have gradually started up again. According to Hochbahn information, all buses and trains should be back on time since 3 p.m.

The bus company VHH, which connects the surrounding area with the commuter stronghold, was also affected. Accordingly, there were also considerable restrictions in the districts of Pinneberg, Segeberg and Stormarn as well as in the Duchy of Lauenburg.

Lower Saxony: Hanover, Wolfsburg and Göttingen affected

In Lower Saxony all buses and trams of the Üstra in Hanover remained in the depots, around 400,000 passengers were affected. In southern Lower Saxony, the main focus of the protests was in Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Wolfsburg. Göttingen, Goslar and Osnabrück were also affected by work stoppages, as were Bremerhaven and Bremen.

Bus and train operations restricted in Schleswig-Holstein

The warning strikes also worried commuters in Schleswig-Holstein for problems. The municipal bus routes in Kiel, Flensburg and Lübeck have been since Strike at 3:30 a.m. Only in Flensburg did the buses run by subcontractors. Neumünster was an exception. There the city traffic was not affected by the action. When the strike ended at 9 a.m., bus traffic returned to normal everywhere.

Warning strikes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Local public transport also stood still in many places. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren and commuters were affected. Since the end of the warning strike at 9 a.m., local traffic got rolling again. In Rostock in particular, many public transport systems were idle. According to NDR information, the Neubrandenburger Verkehrsbetriebe (NVB), Schweriner Nahverkehr, Anklamer Verkehrsgesellschaft and Verkehrsgesellschaft Vorpommern-Rügen were not on strike.

Students with long journeys to school were exempt from class because of the warning strike if their bus or tram was not running.

Ver.di calls for uniform national standards

Local public transport is also part of the public service, but the union’s demands have nothing to do with the current collective bargaining negotiations. Ver.di had called for work stoppages in order to enforce nationwide tariff negotiations for the 87,000 employees in 130 public transport companies. The aim is to set nationwide standards because working conditions in Germany have diverged, the spokesman said. Among other things, ver.di is calling for a 13th month’s salary, an increase in allowances for strenuous work and shifts, and 30 days of vacation as standard for everyone.

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A subway leaves the station.  © imago images / Hoch Zwei Stock / Angerer Photo: Angerer

A warning strike by the ver.di union on Tuesday morning largely paralyzed subway and bus traffic in Hamburg. more

Striking bus drivers.  © picture alliance / dpa Photo: Carsten Rehder

In Lower Saxony’s capital, Hanover, swimming pools and some authorities remained closed. more

A woman stands at the ZOB in Lübeck.  © NDR Photo: Julian Marxen

Many city buses stood still on Wednesday in Kiel, Lübeck and Flensburg. The reason was a nationwide warning strike. more

Rostock: There is a sign on the tracks in front of the Rostock tram depot that says "strike".  © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Bernd Wüstneck

Buses and trains stayed in the depots in many places in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania this morning. Ver.di had called for a warning strike in local transport. The traffic has been rolling again since 9 a.m. more

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