Verdi paralyzes local traffic on Monday and Tuesday

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Warning strikes will paralyze large parts of NRW next week

Verdi wants to put some pressure on in the collective bargaining dispute with employers in the public sector before going back to the negotiating table. On Monday and Tuesday there are therefore warning strikes in many places in North Rhine-Westphalia – including in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Mönchengladbach, Duisburg and Münster.

Because of work stoppages, there will be no buses and trains in many cities in North Rhine-Westphalia at the beginning of the week. The Verdi union is calling for all-day warning strikes across the country on Monday and Tuesday. Local traffic is affected in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Düren, Hagen and Münster, among others.

There will also be work stoppages in Essen and Mülheim – according to the Ruhrbahn, no buses and trains run there on Monday and Tuesday. A Verdi spokeswoman said that there would be widespread failures in the connections.

The union demands better working conditions for the workforce. The maximum working time in the driving service is to decrease from 12 to 10 hours, the rest time after the end of the shift is to increase from 10 to 11 hours. “Despite the intensification of work due to the increasing volume of traffic and the resulting consistently high numbers of sick people, employers have not yet approached us,” says Peter Büddicker, Verdi Regional Head of Transport in North Rhine-Westphalia. “In order to secure the future of public transport, we urgently need more attractive framework conditions.”

“The offer made by the employer today is a real provocation for the colleagues,” says Gabriele Schmidt, Regional Head of Verdi NRW. “You could think it was a fake: the six zero months until March 2021, the subsequent low percentage increases of one percent each and simultaneous deteriorations that we cannot make up for in a decade, are not negotiable for us. We will therefore send another clear signal in the coming week. “

The warning strike affects all of North Rhine-Westphalia. Strike meetings are planned for Dortmund, Essen and Cologne on Tuesday in compliance with the Corona guidelines and in close consultation with the authorities. All areas of the public service will be affected.

(th/dpa)





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