Austria: negotiations failed, all trains stand still tomorrow

Karel Novak, Published on 27/11/2022
Austria: negotiations failed, all trains stand still tomorrow
@ÖBB/Kapferer

The social partners could not reach an agreement after more than 12 hours of intensive talks today.


Therefore, the trade union vida has scheduled a warning strike for tomorrow, Monday, from 00:00 to 24:00. For ÖBB's railway operations, this means that all train services throughout Austria will be suspended.

Cross-border rail traffic and night travel will also be affected. From today, Sunday evening, until Tuesday morning, there will be cancellations of Nightjet and EuroNight services. 

ÖBB already informed its passengers last Friday as a precautionary measure and once again urges them to postpone unnecessary journeys or to choose alternative travel options.

ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä: "I have no understanding for this strike. With 8.44%, the employers' side has made the highest offer of all sectors. It is quite clearly a wanton strike by the union. It pains me that our passengers are being affected in this way. I would like to sincerely apologize to the customers. ÖBB will do everything in its power to resume operations as quickly as possible and to bring Austrians reliably to their destinations again."

"The responsibility for this warning strike, for the effects on commuters, and the economic damage thus lies exclusively with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. If they had moved in the last two months and negotiated seriously, we would have had an agreement long ago," reacted Gerhard Tauchner, Vice-Chairman of vida's railway section and head of the vida collective agreement negotiation team.

ÖBB Standard & Sparschiene tickets will remain valid until 05.12.2022 or will be refunded. Holders of season tickets will also be compensated by passenger rights.

ÖBB will keep you informed about the further effects of the strike. Details on restrictions, delays, or cancellations can be found on oebb.at/streik, the ÖBB social media channels, and in the timetable information SCOTTY.

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