So the students keep coming to school

Neustadt am Rübenberge / Hannover.Parents’ taxis are queuing up in line, the bicycle depot is overflowing and on Monday only one empty bus stops in the parking lot of the Cooperative Comprehensive School (KGS) Neustadt am Rübenberge. Regiobus is on strike, the school is not canceled yet – and then there are the final exams. Many students therefore had to come to class in a different way than usual today.

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Strike in Regiobus: no buses leave from the five depots

As Verdi spokesman Tobias Morchner explains, no buses left from the five depots in the region – in Eldagsen, Mellendorf, Wunstorf, Burgdorf and Neustadt. The number of participants was good, in Eldagsen there were 50 employees, in Mellendorf 70 drivers on strike, also in Wunstorf. In total, Regiobus has 750 employees.

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As the reason for the strike, Verdi cites three rounds of failed negotiations for employees who fall under the collective railway agreement (ETV), including Regiobus staff. Verdi had already called a warning strike at Regiobus for April 1, and now the pressure on employers has increased before the fourth round of negotiations, Tuesday in Fulda. At that time, however, only a few bus lines were on strike.

Verdi is asking for a 7% salary increase

The union is calling for a 7 percent wage increase for employees. The employer had recently offered a raise of just 3%. Verdi complains that after three months of negotiations “there is still no reasonable offer on the table”.

Due to the strike: the first students arrive at 7 am

In Neustadt am Rübenberge, life is returning to the KGS fairly soon due to the strike. Shortly after seven, the first children are driven to school by car. School starts at 7:45 am, so you are 40 minutes early today. A sixth-grade pupil is annoyed that there are some buses going.

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Younger children, in particular, enter the parking lot early. Even an eighth grade student, who is one of the first in the schoolyard, is much earlier than usual: “It’s particularly annoying for our parents, who actually have to go to work now,” she explains.

Exam despite strike: National high school diploma in chemistry still has to be written on Monday.

The final exam will take place anyway

Twenty minutes later, the parking lot is packed and the first cars line up to drop the kids off at the empty bus stops. A high school graduate drove to school in his car and rushed through the parking lot – high school chemistry graduation starts in minutes. He thinks the strike should have been better organized, many of his classmates depend on a bus and now they have to go to exams somehow differently. Another high school graduate leisurely rides a bicycle to the schoolyard. The strike doesn’t bother her much, she rides a bicycle every day and her friends all have their own cars anyway.

Two Ukrainians learned of the strike only through their neighbors. It was difficult for her to drive to school on such short notice. The two have only been in school for about seven weeks to learn German.

Anyway, a bus arrived, from a subcontractor

A bus suddenly stops in front of the school. The bus driver explains that she works for a subcontractor. There are two children on the bus, otherwise the lines are empty.

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The KGS Neustadt bike depot is full and many children have to park their bikes elsewhere.

The KGS Neustadt bike depot is full and many children have to park their bikes elsewhere.

There is also a lot of activity in the school’s bicycle storage. The first bicycles no longer find space and must be parked outside. Today, many younger students come to school on bicycles for the first time. A fifth-grader tells us that the distance is even shorter for her and that she could now cycle more often.

At the beginning of the class, the schoolyard is full, so most of them seem to have somehow made it to school despite the strike.

Regiobus strike in Hanover: almost no effect in Wennigsen

KGS Wennigsen principal Kai Birkner reports that the Regiobus attack had little effect. The Abi year was not affected at all, with the other years only a handful of students. It was known by Friday that there was going to be a strike and the families had prepared themselves.

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By Florian Bastick and Saskia Döhner

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