NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 08:16
Train traffic in Germany is almost completely paralyzed today due to a strike by the EVG rail and transport union.
The EVG has called on the employees of about 50 railway companies to hold a warning strike from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.
Train operator Deutsche Bahn reports that long-distance traffic will be restarted around 1 p.m. Regional train transport will start a little earlier, a spokeswoman told the DPA news agency.
Long-distance traffic in particular can still be disrupted for hours after the warning strike has ended. Freight transport by rail is also affected by the strike. There are also traffic jams at the shunting yards.
The strikes are the result of the faltering wage negotiations that started in February. The EVG is negotiating new collective agreements for about 230,000 employees, 180,000 of whom work for Deutsche Bahn.
The next negotiations between EVG and DB are scheduled for next Tuesday.