Because of a renewed warning strike in several federal states, people in many places have waited in vain for the bus or tram.
The Verdi union had called on employees in several transport companies in Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg to stop working on Thursday.
A trade union spokesman in Baden-Württemberg confirmed the start of the warning strike to the German Press Agency. Local public transport is affected there in numerous regions. According to the Verdi regional spokesman, nothing was running on numerous lines in North Rhine-Westphalia either. Regiobus Hanover also reported failures of heavily frequented lines.
According to Verdi, around 2,000 employees took part in the warning strike nationwide by noon on Thursday. The union expects that the number will increase because some companies go on strike after shift times, it said.
Verdi and the employers' association Deutsche Eisenbahnen are negotiating more money for around 5,000 employees nationwide. More than 2,000 employees nationwide took part in the first warning strikes of this collective bargaining round last Wednesday. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for May 5 in Fulda.