Editorial

Strike – Nuremberg and Fürth hit again by Bus, Tram and Underground Strike Action

Underground station
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Tomorrow, Monday, 26th October 2020, public transport throughout Bavaria will be hit by strike action. The strike will last 24 hours from 4.00 a.m. Monday until 4.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 27th October. In Nuremberg and Fürth all underground trains, trams and buses will cease running. The VAG Customer Centre at Nuremberg Central Station will also remain closed all day.

Train services of the Deutsche Bahn and S-Bahn trains will continue to run, and these services remain unaffected by the strike action.

The trade unions’ call for a warning strike is due to the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations between the Bavarian Municipal Employers’ Association and trade unions. The VAG has decided that there will be no service, neither a reduced service based on the NightLiner network. Despite the support of private bus companies, due to staffing problems, the VAG is not able to provide even a rudimentary and reliable minimum service. The VAG also claims the protection of passengers and employees is of top priority, and which cannot be guaranteed under the given conditions compounded by the rising number of corona infections. VAG regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers. No refunds are given in the event of strike action.

The VAG offers all users 60 free minutes use of its VAG_Rad on Monday and asks customers to avoid using cars as much as possible. The voucher code is 60Min-FREI and is valid only on Monday, 26th October 2020. Users can register with Android or Apple apps. Further information (in English) about VAG_Rad is available at www.vagrad.de/en/nuernberg/
Information about the one-day-strike action (in German only) is available at www.vag.de
Services start again on Tuesday, 27th October 2020, buses, trams and metros should run as usual from around 5 a.m. onwards.

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