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Rail delays continue despite strike's end

The Local · 26 Oct 2010, 07:10

Published: 26 Oct 2010 07:10 GMT+02:00

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The unions Transnet and GDBA announced that the strikes and stop-work action, in which about 1,600 workers took part, were over.

The strikes by workers from Deutsche Bahn subsidiary firms and several private rail operators mostly affected local and regional routes, but some important long-distance connections were also disrupted.

Deutsche Bahn estimated delays would continue until the evening because of the ripple effect of the strikes.

The strikes were concentrated in the large states of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The industrial action was sparked by union anger over stalled negotiations on an industry-wide wage agreement. GDBA union chief Klaus-Dieter Hommel told broadcaster ARD that no further strikes were expected this week. Workers had already shown they could exert pressure, Hommel said.

Munich was hard-hit on Tuesday, with disruptions at the main train station as well as the S-Bahn. Also badly affected were the main train station in Nuremberg, from which regional and long-distance trains were expected to be paralysed.

In Bavaria, about 50 workers from several private rail operators went on strike, starting at 5 am. The Arriva subsidiary Regentalbahn, in the Cham and Zwiesel districts, was hit by the strikes, as well Zlex in Kempten, and the Veolia subsidiaries Bayerische Regiobahn and Bayerische Oberlandbahn. In the latter’s case, all personnel went on strike.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, about 200 workers walked off the job Tuesday morning, affecting Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen and Münster. Regional and long-distance trains were expected to be delayed.

In the Rhineland district of Mettmann, the Veolia subsidiary Rheinisch-Bergische Eisenbahn was affected Tuesday morning.

In the state of Hesse, workers at eight signal boxes in the Frankfurt and Mainz areas also walked off the job. The route between Mainz, Bingen and Koblenz was expected to be hit. Also, more than 100 workers took part in a protest in Frankfurt.

The unions are planning further action across the country in future, with the effects likely to be felt in all of Germany’s states.

Workers were also striking in Saxony-Anhalt. Signalling staff in Magdeburg, Sandersleben and Halberstadt downed tools, creating disruptions to regional services. Delays were expected in Sangershausen, Merseburg and Halle.

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In Berlin, staff from the Prignitzer Eisenbahn (PEG) firm and the signalling staff from Biesdorfer Kreuz were also striking, affecting regional services particularly in north Brandenburg.

The Ostdeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft (ODEG) operator is also being hit, as is the Niederbarnimer Eisenbahnbetriebsgesellschaft.

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11:12 October 26, 2010 by Joshontour
European transportation workers on strike.... who would have thought.
13:38 October 26, 2010 by cobalisk
Rail workers striking to ensure that all rail works, even those working for private firms get paid a similar wage.

The unions recognize the growing trend toward privatization of rail and recognize there must be pay equity else bidding wars will drive rail wages down into the zone of retail wages.

It is smart and very necessary of the unions to do this.

People forget that high wages are what allow local economies to flourish as workers spend disposable income. The more a nation throttles wages the more people buy cheap low-cost imports which starves local businesses and the cycle repeats over and over again until the industrial sector is hollowed out.
18:15 October 26, 2010 by Landmine
This is ridiculous....
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