A Verdi spokesman told the German Press Agency on Monday, 11 February 2019 that the trade union Verdi has asked BVG employees to participate in the strike from the start of operations at 03:30 on early Friday morning (15 February 2019) until 12.00 noon.
U-Bahn, buses and trams affected by strike
On its website, BVG writes that almost all subway, bus and tram traffic will come to a stand still. Significant delays are expected for several hours after the strike is over. Regionalbahn and the S-Bahn are not affected by the strike and will operate as usual. On the S-Bahn lines S1 and S5, additional trains will be deployed between 05:30 and 14:00.
Some bus routes still in operation
The following bus routes, which are all run by subcontractors of the BVG, will be in operation: 106, 161, 162, 163, 168, 175, 179, 218, 234, 263, 275, 320, 322, 334, 341, 349, 363, 365, 371, 373, 399. Buses that will operate with slight restrictions are: 112, 140, 184, 283, 284, 370 and 893. BVG Ferries will also operate as usual.
Less work and more money for employees
In the negotiations for around 14,000 employees of BVG and its subsidiary Berlin Transport, Verdi asks for a 36.5-hour work week and Christmas bonus for all employees, as well as changes to the pay scale and a one-off payment of 500 euros for union members.