On Thursday, the Verdi union called on BVG employees to stop working all day on Monday, 1 April 2019 from 3.30 a.m. in the morning. This time, U-Bahn, trams and most buses are affected by the BVG strike. S-Bahn and Regionalbahn are not part of the tariff conflict and will operate as usual on Monday.
Some bus routes are still in operation
The following bus routes, which are all run by subcontractors of the BVG, will be the only ones in operation on Monday: 106, 161, 162, 163, 168, 175, 179, 218, 234, 263, 275, 284, 320, 322, 334, 341, 349, 363, 365, 371, 373, 380, 399. Buses affected with slight restrictions are: 112, 140, 184, 283, 370 and 893. BVG Ferries will operate as usual.
Shuttle service to Tegel airport
The Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH has announced to set up an irregular emergency shuttle service between Tegel Airport and Jungfernheide S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations. Passengers are warned to expect delays and to arrange enough time for their journey.
Third BVG strike this year
The strike on Monday marks the third and toughest one in the current collective bargaining round. The arbitrations affect about 14,500 employees at Berlin's main public transport company and its subsidiary Berlin Transport. BVG has not yet conceded to the demands.
Chief negotiator: Strike is "disproportionate"
Claudia Pfeiffer, chief negotiator of the municipal employers' association, said that the strike was disproportionate. Pfeiffer said that the offer of 90 million euros more wages and salaries per year was many times higher than comparable contracts. The employees of BVG and Berlin Transport would receive on average 450 euros more per month, which is an increase of 17 percent.