After the end of the strike: Are layoffs now at risk?

Saarbahn articulated bus, image: Saarbahn / Iris Maurer
Saarbahn articulated bus, image: Saarbahn / Iris Maurer
"Day one" after the bus driver strike in Saarland. While the buses are largely on the road again, dark clouds appear on the horizon. The reason are statements by the “KAV” and the managing director of Saarbahn GmbH, Peter Edlinger, who announced “no taboos” and “even more vigorous savings”.

"Day one" after the bus driver strike in Saarland. While the buses are largely on the road again, dark clouds appear on the horizon. The reason are statements by the "KAV" and the managing director of Saarbahn GmbH, Peter Edlinger, the "no taboos" and a "even more vigorous savingHas announced.

While Christian Umlauf, negotiator at Ver.di, comments positively on the wage agreement, the companies concerned, but also the regional transport association, see the conclusion critically.

Yesterday, Peter Edlinger, the managing director of Saarbahn GmbH, commented to the Saarbrücker Zeitung that “the situation very serious" be. His statement was justified with an economic plan that was now to be “turned upside down”, in which there were no longer any taboos, everything had to be re-examined and saved more vigorously. He also could not rule out staff cuts in the group.

However, a thinning of the timetable is not planned, the article goes on to say.

For the Saarbahn boss, it is a mystery how an attractive public transport should be set up after this degree.

The employers had agreed that it would have been inevitable, given the weeks of strikes and the strain on passengers, to graduate.

Hans Gassert, Vice President of the State Transport Association, also spoke in the report. He describes the result for Ver.di as "dream“, It couldn't be better - from the point of view of the private bus companies, however, the conclusion is dramatic.

Ver.di criticizes statements

Ver.di, however, shoots back sharply today: "Comments that the wage agreement in local transport no longer works proverbially and that staff might have to be cut are extremely disturbing and misleading."

It also said in a statement: "Threatening staff cuts at public utilities leads to uncertainty among employees and is neither sensible nor expedient”Emphasizes Achim Jung, ver.di head of the department for supply and disposal. "Saving measures have been an ongoing topic and a constant companion for years. Even more job cuts would put the company on the brink. You are unacceptable."Jung is complemented by the union secretary responsible for the municipalities, Stefan Schorr:"Through such statements, public services of general interest and their importance for all of us are identified with Fkicked. Collective agreements are essential for the employees. Fear and uncertainty are not an adequate means for public employers"

At the same time, Ver.di confirmed that more money would be needed for public transport. According to calculations by the union, 30 million euros will be missing annually, of which ten million euros would go towards expanding the infrastructure, personnel costs and cheap fares.

Umlauf is also aimed at the city tour in the state capital: “Anyone who promises improved local transport must also implement it. The new coalition can now prove that tariff increases can be incorporated into the economic plan in a socially responsible and secure manner. ”

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