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GDL train drivers’ union announces next rail strike – DW – 03/10/2024

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The GDL train drivers’ union on Sunday evening called the latest strike in its ongoing dispute over pay and hours with Deutsche Bahn (DB).

The union said in a statement that passenger services would be affected from 2 a.m. local time (0100 UTC/GMT) on Tuesday until the same time on Wednesday. 

Freight train drivers will start their strike at 6 p.m. on Monday, also downing tools for a 24-hour period, the GDL said. 

Bahn wants further talks, GDL wants higher offer first

“Since the DB board has submitted no new offer from January 19 until now, this leads unavoidably to industrial action,” GDL quoted its chairman Claus Weselsky as saying. “For the GDL this is the last resort.” 

Deutsche Bahn, meanwhile, has called for the GDL to return to the negotiating table, with the union saying its precondition for this is an improved offer. The battle lines have hardened around this impasse for weeks now, with Tuesday’s strikes to be the sixth as part of the dispute.

“We are convinced we will only achieve an agreement at the negotiating table,” DB head of personnel Martin Seiler had said earlier on Sunday, in the backdrop of last week’s GDL strike. 

One core demand of the GDL is a standard 35-hour work week replacing the current 38-hour week with no change in remuneration. DB has argued that this is both economically unfeasible and would exacerbate existing staffing and recruitment issues.

Weselsky of the GDL said last week that the union would start a so-called “strike wave” and cease to give advanced warning for future strikes, although Sunday’s latest announcement allowed one working day for Deutsche Bahn to react.

Widespread train and plane disruptions in Germany

The most recent strikes as part of this dispute took place late last week, and coincided with industrial action affecting air travel in Germany.

Lufthansa has faced strike action from employees from several sectors and different trade unions in recent months.

Local public transport in a handful of states, including the most populous North Rhine-Westphalia, has also been affected.

Germany’s central bank warned last month that the actions were liable to affect productivity.

msh/mm (AFP, dpa) 

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