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Leipzig: LVB strike slows down Roland Kaiser fans



Leipzig – About 12,000 fans want to go to the Schlager legend Roland Kaiser (70) in Leipzig’s “Quarterback Immobilien Arena” this Friday. He is making a stop in the trade fair city with the show “Perspectives – My Big Birthday Tour 2023”. But his visitors are slowed down badly!

The union Ver.di surprisingly announced on Thursday that the Strike at the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) is extended. The drivers will not return to work on Friday morning, but only on Saturday, 5 a.m. – 24 hours later.

LVB spokesman Marc Backhaus (39) warns: “This can lead to significant restrictions and cancellations in scheduled services. It is to be expected that no trams and buses can be on the road.”

No tram in sight. A Leipzig stop on Thursday morning

Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Concert organizer Semmel is now calling on all visitors to the Kaiser to go to the arena earlier because of the public service strike. Admission to the Kaiser concert begins at 6 p.m., the performance itself at 8 p.m.


“We ask that you arrive early and plan enough time and form carpools or use alternative mobility offers such as bike sharing,” says Semmel. There are only limited parking spaces available at the arena. “We also ask you to pay attention to the instructions of the security personnel on site.”

Since the S-Bahn not from strike will be affected, should this be the alternative. According to the organizers, the trains could be used with the stops at Leipzig Central Station and Leipzig Markt. From there, the remaining distance would have to be covered on foot or by rental bike or rental e-scooter.

That’s why there’s a strike

The unions are demanding 10.5 percent or at least 500 euros more wages per month for employees in the public sector. The negotiators of the cities and counties are currently offering five percent more and one-off payments of 1,500 euros this year and 1,000 euros next year.

In order to increase the pressure on employers before the next round of negotiations on March 27, daycare centers, after-school care centers, job centers, administrations, savings banks, sports facilities, Bundeswehr locations (civilian employees) and regulatory agencies have also been on strike since Thursday morning.

Source: Asia Times


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