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Striking train drivers in Cologne (photo from an earlier strike in mid-February)

Photo: Christoph Hardt / Panama Pictures / IMAGO

On Monday, the service union Ver.di began its tactic, which it calls a “wave strike”: employees of transport companies (almost) across the country are stopping work - although not at the same time, but over different periods of time.

The union wants to build pressure on employers in the ongoing collective bargaining.

First things started in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

Citizens there have been feeling the effects of the strike since Monday morning: With the exception of subcontractors, no buses left the farm of the participating companies in Saarland, said the responsible union secretary Christian Runde from the Ver.di district of the Saar Trier region.

The strike in Saarland and Trier is supposed to end at 1 a.m.

The union has not yet published a timetable for other regions of Rhineland-Palatinate.

This is still being voted on.

For many of those affected, the situation is confusing due to the “wave strategy” pursued by Ver.di.

So when will there be a strike and where?

Here you will find an overview of federal states, cities and municipalities as well as the affected transport companies, as far as they have been published by Ver.di.

Rhineland-Palatinate areaopen

February 26, 2024

Ver.di is calling on the collective bargaining employees of private bus companies to go on an all-day strike starting at 3 a.m.

It ends at the end of the shift on the same day.

According to the union, those affected are:

  • DB Regio Bus Center (Mehren)

  • MB Moselbahn (all locations)

According to Ver.di, many parts of the Trier region are likely to be affected by the strikes.

Lower Saxony areaopen


until 01.03.







Berlin areaopen


until March 1st, 2024 (2 p.m.)

The Berlin transport company BVG and its subsidiary Berlin Transport are on strike.


February 26, 2024


Saarbahn Netz GmbH

Neunkircher Verkehrs GmbH

Vehicle service Neunkirchen GmbH

Roundabout company Saarlouis (KVS/KVG)

Völklingen transport company VVB

AreaHamburg and Schleswig Holsteinopen


until March 2nd, 2024


Hamburger Hochbahn

and the

Hamburg-Holstein transport company (VHH) are on strike.

The strike begins at 3:00 a.m. on Thursday and ends at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The night buses from Friday to Saturday are also affected.

In addition, Ver.di Nord is calling on all employees in the

Omnibus Association Nord (OVN)

to go on a five-day warning strike.

The warning strike begins on Monday (02/26/24) with the start of work and ends with the last service on Friday (03/01/24).

You can find the OVN member companies here.

North Rhine-Westphalia areaopen


until March 2nd, 2024

Ver.di is calling for a wave strike from Monday, February 26th, 2024 to Saturday, March 2nd, 2024.

The main strike day is March 1st.

Those affected are:

  • Duisburg transport company

  • Rheinbahn AG (Düsseldorf)

  • WSW mobil GmbH (Wuppertal)

  • Solingen public utilities

  • Remscheid municipal utilities

  • Railways of the city of Monheim

  • MVG Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft (Lüdenscheid)

  • Verkehrsgesellschaft Ennepe-Ruhr mbH (Ennepetal)

  • Hagen tram

  • Cologne transport company

  • Stadtwerke Bonn GmbH (SWB)

  • Stadtwerke Bonn Services GmbH (SWBD)

  • Stadtwerke Bonn Verkehrs-GmbH (SWBV)

  • wupsi GmbH (Leverkusen)

  • WestVerkehr GmbH (Geilenkirchen)

  • Investment company Kreis Düren mbH (BTG)

  • Lower Rhine transport company NIAG (Moers)

  • SWK Mobil (Krefeld)

  • NEW mobile and active Mönchengladbach

  • NEW mobile and active Viersen

  • Dortmund municipal utilities

  • Vestische trams (Herten)

  • Bochum-Gelsenkirchen trams

  • Ruhrbahn (Essen)

  • STOAG Stadtwerke Oberhausen

  • Tram Herne – Castrop-Rauxel

  • Hamm municipal utilities

  • Hamm transport company

  • Gütersloh municipal utilities

  • Münster municipal utilities

  • REVG Rhein-Erft-Verkehrsgesellschaft (Kerpen)

  • moBiel GmbH (Bielefeld)

Brandenburg areaopen


Uckermärkische Verkehrsgesellschaft with locations in Templin, Prenzlau, Schwedt and Angermünde


Ostprignitz-Ruppin local transport company

March 1, 2024

ViP Verkehrsbetriebe Potsdam GmbH,

Dahme-Spreewald regional transport company

Uckermärkische Verkehrsgesellschaft (Schwedt)

Transport company Tältow-Fläming (VTF)(Luckenwalde)

Bus transport Oder-Spree (Fürstenwalde)

Barnimer Bus Company (Eberswalde)

Cottbus traffic

Havelbus transport company (Nauen)

regiobus Potsdam Mittelmark

Frankfurt an der Oder city transport company)

DB Regio East (Potsdam)

Brandenburg an der Havel transport company



  • Karlsruhe

  • Baden-Baden

February 28, 2024

  • Stuttgart

  • Esslingen

  • Reutlingen (private bus companies)

Saxony-Anhalt areaopen


until March 1, 2024

  • Dessau

  • Hall

  • Magdeburg

  • Burgenland district

Thuringia areaopen

February 28th to 29th

Municipal transport companies in

  • Erfurt

  • Gera

  • Jena

  • Mulhouse

  • Nordhausen

  • Sondershausen

  • Weimar

  • Weimarer Land district

  • Saale-Holzland district

Saxony area expand


until March 1, 2024

Employees in the following cities and districts have been called on strike:

  • Zwickau district

  • Erzgebirgskreis

  • Central Saxony

  • Meissen

  • Saxon.

    Switzerland/Eastern Ore Mountains

  • Bautzen

  • Görlitz

  • Plauen

  • Chemnitz

  • Dresden

According to Ver.di, the following AVN Group companies are affected:

  • Regionalverkehr Westsachsen GmbH Zwickau

  • Euro Traffic Partner Chemnitz

  • REGIOBUS Mittelsachsen GmbH

  • Regional transport Erzgebirge GmbH

  • Verkehrsgesellschaft Meißen mbH

  • Dresdner Verkehrsservicegesellschaft mbH

  • Regional transport Saxony.

    Switzerland-Osterzgebirge GmbH

  • Verkehrsgesellschaft Hoyerswerda mbH

  • Regionalbus Oberlausitz GmbH

  • Görlitzer Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH

    The following will continue to be on strike:

  • DB REGIO Bus Ost GmbH (Zittau branch)

  • Upper Lusatia Niesky bus service

  • Tram-Bus GmbH Plauen

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania areaopen

March 1, 2024

The responsible northern regional association has not made any specific municipalities or companies on strike public

On March 1st, all collectively agreed public transport companies as well as the Vorpommern-Rügen transport company (VVR) are to go on strike.

According to the union, Friday, March 1st will be the main strike day.

Rallies are also planned in many cities.

In collective bargaining, Ver.di wants to achieve better working conditions for the approximately 90,000 public transport employees in over 130 municipal companies - for example through fewer weekly working hours, more vacation or additional relief days for shift and night work.

At the beginning of the month, Verdi had already paralyzed local public transport in almost all of Germany with a labor dispute.

“The signal that the employees sent with their strike on February 2nd was apparently not sufficiently understood,” criticized Ver.di deputy chairwoman Christine Behle.

The collective bargaining negotiations in the individual federal states still remained without results.

“In order to finally bring movement into the negotiations, pressure must now be put on the employers again,” emphasized Behle.

So far they have not signaled any concession.

This means that – except in Bavaria – another strike is unavoidable.

"That's why we're calling on the employees to take concerted strikes."