German train drivers to go on strike from Thursday to Friday – GDL Union

Source: Reuters 
Date: 7th December 2023

Germany’s GDL train drivers’ union said on Wednesday it would go on strike from Thursday afternoon until Friday evening as a wage dispute with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DBN.UL) continues.

The strike will start on Thursday at 18:00 local time for freight traffic and at 22:00 for passenger trains. It will end on Friday at 22:00, the union said.

In addition to Deutsche Bahn, the strike also applies to regional train operators Transdev, AKN Eisenbahn and City-Bahn Chemnitz.

The GDL broke off negotiations with Deutsche Bahn at the end of November and announced a further strike. At the same time, the union has initiated a ballot for an indefinite strike, the results of which should be available before Christmas.

The GDL is demanding a reduction in working hours from 38 to 35 hours per week for shift workers, as well as an increase of 555 euros per month and a one-off inflation compensation bonus of 3,000 euros.

Deutsche Bahn rejects the demanded reduction in working hours due to a labour shortage and has offered an 11% increase in wages and salaries for a collective agreement term of 32 months. The GDL rejected the offer.

The train drivers’ union has already held a 20-hour strike at Deutsche Bahn in mid-November.

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