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German Train Strikes Averted: Deutsche Bahn and GDL Union Reach Agreement

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Deal closed with Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn and the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) have reached an agreement in their month-long collective bargaining dispute, averting further strikes. The railway had been criticized for canceling freight trains and affecting commuters, travelers, and industries due to the union’s disruptions. While the railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate, the union was vindicated in court.

The head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, is set to explain the details of the agreement on Tuesday. The main issue in the collective bargaining round has been the GDL’s demand to reduce weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 while maintaining the same wages. The railway had previously offered to agree to 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but this was rejected by the union.

In recent days, talks have resumed after six industrial disputes, a failed moderation, and a dispute in court. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing had mentioned possible law changes following the resolution of this conflict. With this agreement, both sides can breathe a sigh of relief and move forward with their operations without any further disruptions.

By Samantha Nguyen

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