Austria: 8,000 trains are disrupted by strike over pay

The 24-hour strike comes after a fifth round of negotiations, which affected rail transport at all levels, failed.

Austria’s rail traffic came to a standstill, affecting some 8,000 connections and one million passengers, as workers staged a 24-hour strike after another round of wage negotiations failed.

The strike this Monday affected transport at all levels, from public transport to regional services and long-distance night trains, including freight rail lines.

The main railway workers’ union had called for a monthly wage increase of 400 euros ($417) for the sector’s 50,000 employees. Instead, they were offered 208 euros ($217), plus a one-time payment of 1,000 euros ($1,042).

The union called the “warning strike” on Monday after the fifth round of negotiations failed on Sunday.

Empty tracks are seen at the central station in Vienna [Lisa Leutner/Reuters]

The head of the nation’s rail network said services would return to more or less normal the next day.

“I don’t want to rule out the possibility of irregularities on one train or another, but overall I hope that we will serve our customers with the usual quality again from Tuesday,” OeBB boss Andreas Matthae told the ORF. radio announcer.

Wedged between eight countries, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Switzerland, Austria is a major hub for European rail travel.

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