Düsseldorf Those who have to go to work or anywhere else cannot rely on buses and trains these days. Because Verdi is again on warning strikes – and the way to work will probably take a little longer.
Buses and trains are canceled in large parts of North Rhine-Westphalia at the beginning of the week. The Verdi union called for full-day warning strikes today in Düsseldorf, Düren, Hagen, Münster, Krefeld and Cologne, among others. According to the transport companies, there are no trams in the cathedral city, and there are only a few buses from subcontractors. Local transport in Düsseldorf and the surrounding cities is completely idle, as is the case in Essen and Mülheim. It should be similar in the other cities – Verdi is expecting connections to be failures across the board.
In the wage dispute, Verdi wants to enforce, among other things, that the maximum working time in the driver service is reduced from twelve to ten hours and the rest period increases from ten to eleven hours after the end of the shift. In order to secure the future of public transport, more attractive framework conditions are urgently needed, argues the employee representatives.
According to Verdi, the warning strike affects all of North Rhine-Westphalia, but the buses and trains will probably not fail in all parts of the country. In Dortmund, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Bielefeld and Solingen, only the customer centers of the local transport companies are to be striked and not the transport connections.
On Tuesday there will be further connection failures in some places. Then there is another collective bargaining conflict, namely the collective agreement for public service (TVÖD). The local transport companies take over his remuneration agreement, so their employees will participate in the labor dispute over this contract. In Cologne, for example, there are no trams on Tuesday either. Regional trains and S-Bahn trains are not affected by the work stoppages.