Vienna central station

ÖBB rail operations in Austria suspended due to strike action

An abandoned Vienna central station2012, ÖBB / Roman Bönsch

All ÖBB traffic in Austria was suspended for the entirety of Monday 28 November following a failure to reach an agreement with railway union KV.

The strike kicked off just after midnight and continued until 24.00. That meant a spillover effect for the international Nightjet and EuroNight services until Tuesday morning.

ÖBB spent the past few days giving travellers advanced warnings, and urged them to cancel or postpone their journeys. Tickets purchased will remain valid through December 5. Alternatively, travellers can apply for a refund.

ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä blasted the strike action, saying that it had made the unions the best salary offer of all sectors with a proposed 8.44-percent increase.

“I have absolutely no understanding for this strike. It pains me that our passengers are being affected in this way. I would like to sincerely apologise to the customers. ÖBB will do everything possible to restart operations as quickly as possible and to bring Austrians reliably to their destinations again.”

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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