Mainz (dpa / lrs) - People in Rhineland-Palatinate may be waiting in vain for the bus today and Friday: The Verdi union has called for a two-day warning strike in Rhineland-Palatinate in the wage dispute in the private bus industry.

The nationwide strike is scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. this morning and last until the end of the shift on Friday evening.

The union assumes that around 3500 drivers of the 5500 employees will take part in the warning strike.

Verdi expects that large parts of the country will be affected by the strike measures, including school and long-distance traffic.

In the collective bargaining dispute, Verdi is demanding through payment of idle times and travel time interruptions, a 13th month salary as well as higher surcharges and higher vacation pay. The union had asked students, parents and passengers in advance to understand the warning strike in the middle of the corona pandemic.

The employers rejected the claims as excessive.

"Verdi's demands with wage increases in the clear double-digit range come at an inopportune time," said Heiko Nagel, managing director of the Association of Employers' Associations of the Transport Industry (VAV).

The companies were still waiting for the compensation promised by the state for the increases in the collective bargaining agreement last summer via their own “Rhineland-Palatinate Index”.

"As long as the companies do not have a binding knowledge of how the index will go on, it is impossible to negotiate," said Nagel.


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