Berlin transport restarts Monday after 12-day strike

17th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

The stoppage shut down all underground trains, all trams and almost all bus services in the capital.

Berlin -- Berlin's public transport services are to return to normal Monday after a 12-day strike, the services union Verdi announced Saturday.

The announcement came after two arbitrators began working to end the strike that began Wednesday March 5 when some 12,000 workers walked off the job.

The stoppage shut down all underground trains, all trams and almost all bus services, although the suburban rail service operated by the national rail company Deutsche Bahn continued to run.

Verdi was reported to have moderated its demand for a pay increase of between 8 and 12 percent for its workers employed by the Berlin public transport operator BVG. The BVG has offered 6 percent spread over three years.

DPA with Expatica

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