The trade union Verdi, which represents 87,000 workers from 130 public transport companies across the country, has called on its members to stage a nationwide strike on Tuesday, September 29, following unsuccessful negotiations over pay. The hours during which the walkout will take place will vary by city, but trams, buses, and the U-Bahn (metro) network are expected to be impacted. Reports state that in Berlin the above services will be impacted between 03:00 (local time) and 12:00. The trade union believes that discrepancies in wages in different states have grown over the years and is calling for a nationwide standard pay for its workers.
Further nationwide disruptions to service related to the dispute may take place in the near term.
Those in Germany are advised to monitor local media sources in order to stay abreast of any developments regarding the strike-action and adjust their itineraries accordingly to account for the disruption to services.
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