Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Austrian rail strike to last all day, mild winter ahead, sale of online tickets for Lower Austrian ski resorts starts and more news from Austria on Monday.
- Austrian rail strike to last all day
Austria's ÖBB rail workers began a strike on Monday involving all train traffic nationwide after salary negotiations ended with no deal.
The movement affects ÖBB trains but also some regional transport, including the S-Bahn system that goes through Vienna. In the Austrian capital, transport operated by Wiener Linien, which includes metros, buses and trams, won't be affected.
Additionally, cross-border rail traffic and trains from Westbahn will be hurt as ÖBB also operates Austrian train stations.
Due to the all-day strike, there may also be individual train cancellations on Tuesday, November 29th. Information on this can be found in the ÖBB timetable information SCOTTY.
Worker unions have asked for a €400 pay rise as inflation increases in Austria.
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- More than 800 hospital beds had to be closed in Vienna
The staff shortages in the hospital sector are becoming more visible. Recently, almost 16 percent of the hospital beds in the Vienna Health Network were closed because there weren't enough people to attend to them or because of renovations or technical maintenance, the newspaper Der Standard reported.
In the Austrian capital, there are currently 900 vacancies in nursing and 91 vacancies for doctors in the public system.
As of November 22nd, 820 hospital beds were blocked in the Vienna Health Association (Wigev), as the municipal hospital operator stated in response to an enquiry from the newspaper. However, the number of blocked beds could still increase as the flu season peaks and more staff has to go on sick leave.
- Mild winter hurts the chances of a white Christmas
Soon it will be Christmas Eve and the suspense is rising on whether there will be a white Christmas, especially at low altitudes, broadcaster ORF said.
The weather models do not yet reach that far, but ORF Vorarlberg meteorologist Thomas Rinderer has looked at the statistics. On average, there is a white Christmas in Bregenz every three to six years. The last time was in 2011, so statistically speaking, a white Christmas in the Rhine Valley would be more than overdue
However, the first long-term forecasts see a relatively mild winter overall. It is also unlikely that an extremely cold winter is imminent..
- Online tickets for ski resorts sale start on Thursday
Daily and multi-day tickets can be purchased online for ecoplus Alpin GmbH ski resorts in Lower Austria from Thursday. The start of the season in the province is scheduled for 8 December.
"The principle is well known: the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. This early booking discount also applies at the weekends," Tourism Provincial Councillor Jochen Danninger (ÖVP) stated in a press release.
He added: "We want to increase the occupancy rate over the entire winter season. There will be offers for adult day tickets starting at just €29."
Tickets for Hochkar Bergbahnen, Ötscherliften, Annaberger Liften and Erlebnisalm Mönichkirchen can be purchased at www.freundederberge.at.
Today there will be mostly cloudy skies in the north, east and southeast with persistent fog, according to Austria's meteorologic institute ZAMG.
In the west, there will be some local rain. The snow line will fluctuate between 800 and 1300m above sea level. The wind will be light to moderate, in the eastern lowlands increasingly brisk from southeast to east. Daytime highs are between 1C and 9C, with the highest temperatures in the west.
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