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Deal Finalized with Deutsche Bahn

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Mar 25, 2024

Train travelers in Germany can breathe a sigh of relief as the train drivers’ union GDL and Deutsche Bahn have reached an agreement in their month-long collective bargaining dispute, avoiding further strikes. Details of the agreement will be announced on Tuesday morning. After six industrial disputes, failed moderation, and a court dispute, talks have resumed.

The head of the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL), Claus Weselsky, will explain the details of the agreement on Tuesday. The railway’s Human Resources Director, Martin Seiler, will also provide a statement on the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with the GDL.

The main issue in the collective bargaining round was the GDL’s demand for a reduction in weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours while maintaining wages. The railway had offered 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but the union rejected this proposal.

The union’s strikes had disrupted rail traffic, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains. The railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate, but the union’s actions were upheld in court. Following the conflict, Transport Minister Volker Wissing suggested potential law changes.

Overall, the agreement between GDL and Deutsche Bahn brings relief to train travelers in Germany and resolves a dispute that had caused significant disruptions in rail services.

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