Mainz (dpa / lrs) - In the wage conflict of the private bus industry in Rhineland-Palatinate, a two-day warning strike by the Verdi union began early on Thursday morning.

The nationwide strike should last until the end of the shift on Friday evening.

Verdi expects that large parts of the country - from the Westfpalz to Rheinhessen to the Middle Rhine - will be affected by the strike measures, including school and overland traffic.

A union spokesman said Thursday morning that the attendance was “overwhelming”.

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 more 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.

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