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Rail traffic hit hard by second strike this week

The Local · 25 Feb 2011, 08:19

Published: 25 Feb 2011 08:19 GMT+01:00

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Train drivers’ union GDL called a limited strike from 8:30 am to 11:30 am in a bid to pressure employers in an ongoing wage dispute.

The strike was centred in the Rhine-Main region, Stuttgart and Hamburg, but other parts of Germany were also expected to see major disruptions to regional and long-haul service too.

Though the second strike of the week was set to last one hour longer than the first, GDL official Norbert Quitter said its later timing was meant to protect commuters from being late to work.

Meanwhile national rail provider Deutsche Bahn called on hundreds of additional service employees to man stations and help travellers find alternative transportation.

The company also urged people to go online or call 08000 99 66 33 to find out more about how their region is coping with the strikes.

Any passengers forced to find other means of transportation can have their train ticket refunded at Deutsche Bahn service centre or take the next available train at no extra charge, the company said.

The GDL 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. Many private train companies pay their drivers up to 30 percent less than Deutsche Bahn wage levels.

The union has threatened to shut down the nation's railways if Deutsche Bahn and six other private train services fail to present an acceptable wage offer.

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The company renewed its sharp criticism of the union, with one spokeswoman calling the second strike as “unnecessary as goitre.”


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Your comments about this article

09:47 February 25, 2011 by catjones
European tourists prefer Germany over France.............. Ah, maybe not this year.
10:21 February 25, 2011 by idiot
> European tourists prefer Germany over France.............. Ah, maybe not this year.


Green with envy.
10:36 February 25, 2011 by freechoice
100% wage increase? OMG!!

That's too much!! Maybe it is time to hire immigrants?
10:49 February 25, 2011 by idiot
quote freechoice

> 100% wage increase? OMG!!

No, 105 % of AVG.

Right now, they are at 70 % AVG

11:02 February 25, 2011 by stux
Maybe there is confusion due to how this article was written.

DB workers make 30% more than most private rail workers.

Although they make 30% more than the private rail workers they want a 5% raise.

Unless of course this GDL union also is comprised of people working for these private sector companies. I feel like I have to do research to understand a news article that I really do not even care about.

I personally don't care either way, just thought this was a little convaluted.
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