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Train drivers to strike nationwide Tuesday

The Local · 21 Feb 2011, 18:32

Published: 21 Feb 2011 08:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Feb 2011 18:32 GMT+01:00

Claus Weselsky, the head of drivers' trade union GDL, said late Monday train engineers would walk off the job between 6 to 8 am on Tuesday.

The move will likely cripple commuter rail service across Germany during the morning rush hour.

Over the weekend, the GDL had threatened to shut down the nation's railways if Deutsche Bahn and six other private train services failed to present an acceptable wage offer.

"Both Deutsche Bahn and (the other rail operators) had enough time to offer us a negotiable offer in oder to avoid a labour dispute," said Weselsky in a statement on Monday. "They didn't make use of it."

The union has demanded wage increases for some 26,000 regional, long-haul and freight train drivers. They are hoping to get 105 percent of the current average wage at Deutsche Bahn.

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Your comments about this article

22:02 February 21, 2011 by catjones
This is an example of unions having too much power. If you don't like to work somewhere, quit and find a better job somewhere else.
10:50 February 22, 2011 by mixxim
I agree, unfortunately the ringleaders cannot be sacked but at least their pay should be stopped.
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