Local transport: Warning strike also affects buses and trains in the southwest

In several places in the southwest, passengers must expect restrictions in local transport on Wednesday.

Local transport: Warning strike also affects buses and trains in the southwest

In several places in the southwest, passengers must expect restrictions in local transport on Wednesday. The Verdi union called on the employees of SWEG Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-GmbH to go on an all-day warning strike that day.

According to a union spokesman, 1,800 employees in Baden-Württemberg have been asked to lay down their jobs. The union assumes that this can lead to impairments in bus traffic in the Kraichgau Wiesloch, Hohenlohe, Main/Tauber, Mittelbaden, Markgräflerland, Weil am Rhein, districts of Zollernalb, Sigmaringen, Reutlingen, Biberach and Tübingen. In addition, the rail traffic of the networks of Ortenau, Ulmer Stern, Zollernbahn and Black Forest Ring is affected.

The union is demanding an increase in wages and salaries of 550 euros per month for the employees 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.

In addition to the actions in Baden-Württemberg, warning strikes are planned in Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria. With 2,800 employees, Baden-Württemberg has the majority of those who fall under the railway collective agreement (ETV), said a union spokesman. 1800 of them are with the SWEG and are therefore called upon to go on a warning strike. According to Verdi, around 5,000 employees nationwide are covered by the collective agreement.

The approximately 40 companies are not covered by the collective agreement for the public service of the federal government and the municipalities. They also have nothing to do with the current rail wage negotiations, which are currently being conducted by the railway and transport union EVG. The small railway collective agreement has grown historically, said a union spokesman.

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