Strikes in Europe: in which EU countries can we expect transport disruptions in February 2024?
Strikes are a regular occurrence in Europe, when workers stop working to fight for better pay and working conditions. They cause instability in public transportation and other industries. In particular, a large number of strikes are planned for February in different EU countries, which can significantly complicate the lives of residents and tourists. Find out more about where and when strikes will take place in February
In most European countries, workers' strikes are a common way to demand better working conditions and higher wages. However, in such situations, service users usually suffer, most often passengers who cannot reach their destinations on time. The advantage is that most protests are agreed upon a few weeks in advance, so people can prepare for possible transport disruptions.
We talked about how to protect yourself from strikes here. Today we have prepared for you a selection of protests in Europe planned for February-March 2024.
The largest strike in Europe is planned by the French trade union CGT-RATP. In total, the protests will last 7 months, from February 5 to September 9. Disruptions to the Ile-de-France bus network and the metro are expected during this period.
Employees of the state public transport company are demanding a salary increase. If an agreement is not reached, it is highly likely that the Olympics in Paris this summer will be held in conditions of significant transport problems.
London Overground strikes - The RMT union has announced strikes on February 19-20 and March 4-5, which will affect the London Underground network.
Also, from January 30 to February 5, the Aslef trade union held a series of one-day strikes in the UK, affecting different train operators on different days. Machinists protested against their wages, which, according to them, had not been raised in the last five years. Given that the demands were not met, we can expect the protests to continue in the spring of 2024.
The German Machinists' Union (GDL) continues to hold nationwide strikes in February 2024. Overall, if no agreement is reached by the March 3 deadline, indefinite strikes could hit Germany's rail network as early as this spring. The protests were sparked by a long-running dispute between workers and train operator Deutsche Bahn over working hours, pay and working conditions.
Also, since February 2, 2024, employees of city transport, in particular buses, trams and the metro, have already stopped their work several times, because the members of the Verdi trade union oppose the lack of staff and the length of working hours. It is predicted that the protests may continue.
It is worth noting that some protests happen suddenly. Therefore, when traveling in Europe, we advise you to monitor the news, pay attention to possible strikes and plan your movements taking into account the changes.
Daria Rogova, Head of Insurance at Visit World
To move, travel or work safely in a new country, you will need travel insurance. You can apply for an extended policy on our website here.
Products from Visit World for a comfortable trip:
Travel guide for 200 countries;
Legal advice from a local specialist on visa and migration issues;
Travel insurance around the world (please select the country of interest and citizenship to receive services);
Medical insurance all over the world.
In 2008, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, but until 2024, the country remained outside the EU visa-free regime. However, since January 2024, the situation has changed, and Kosovo citizens have been able to enter many EU member states without the need for a visa. Learn more about the details of the visa-free regime for Kosovo citizens to the EU
06 Feb. 2024More details
United Medical Tourism Expo has gained the trust of the public and members of the healthcare community due to the diversity of exhibitors and the quality profile of visitors. Among the exhibitors are representatives of medical institutions from 10+ countries, as well as representatives of the medical equipment sector. Learn more about the event and how to attend
06 Feb. 2024More details
Starting next year, U.S. passport holders traveling to Europe will be required to apply for authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before traveling. Learn more about the program, which countries Americans will need to have an ETIAS authorization to travel to, and how to apply
07 Feb. 2024More details
The German Bundestag and the House of Federal States have approved a new draft law on citizenship. According to the new law, foreigners wishing to obtain German citizenship do not have to renounce their own citizenship. Find out more about what changes migrants should expect
07 Feb. 2024More details