May 21, 2024 2:36 pm
Deal closed with Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn and the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) have reached an agreement to end their month-long collective bargaining dispute, averting further strikes. The head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, will explain the details of the agreement on Tuesday morning. The railway has invited a statement from Human Resources Director Martin Seiler regarding the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with the GDL.

The main issue in the collective bargaining round was 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. However, after six industrial disputes, a failed moderation, and a dispute in court, talks resumed in recent days.

The union has caused disruptions to rail traffic in recent months, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries due to canceled freight trains. While the railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate, the union was vindicated in court. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing had mentioned possible law changes following the resolution of this conflict.

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