Because of major strikes on Monday
Wissing is in favor of lifting the Sunday driving ban on trucks
03/24/2023, 4:35 p.m
Next Monday, strikes will partially paralyze freight transport and logistics in Germany. In order to avoid a supply chaos, Federal Transport Minister Wissing wants to waive the Sunday driving ban for trucks this week. He is making an appeal to the federal states for this.
In view of the major strike planned by the trade unions on Monday, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing has spoken out in favor of waiving the driving ban for trucks this Sunday. He asked the responsible federal states to refrain from controls. State aviation authorities and airports are required to allow delayed landings and departures so that stranded passengers can reach their destination, Wissing also told the “Bild” newspaper.
The Federal Association of Goods Transport and Logistics (BGL) had previously warned of a supply chaos and asked Wissing to lift the Sunday driving ban for trucks. This could “mitigate much of the chaos and damage to the economy,” said BGL boss Dirk Engelhardt of “Bild”.
Engelhardt emphasizes that the strike could also have a massive impact on many truck drivers and drivers. He expects a loss of “tens of millions” if goods cannot be delivered on time. Wissing also said the strike would have a “massive” impact on traffic and logistics.
Hundreds of thousands called to strike
Because of the collective bargaining conflict in the public sector and on the railways, the most extensive strikes in Germany for many years are threatening on Monday. The service union Verdi and the railway and transport union called on hundreds of thousands of transport workers to “a day-long industrial action”. Deutsche Bahn will therefore stop all long-distance traffic on Monday. Massive impairments are also expected in local, air, ship and road traffic.
Germany’s employers accuse the unions of excessive action before the warning strike. “Anyone who acts like this is acting disproportionately and jeopardizes acceptance of the right to strike,” said the chief executive of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), Steffen Kampeter, of the dpa news agency. He is not alone in his attitude. The President of the Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations (VKA), Karin Welge, finds the massive walkout “not okay”, as she told the dpa.