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Train drivers' strike postponed till Thursday

The Local · 14 Mar 2011, 09:09

Published: 14 Mar 2011 09:09 GMT+01:00

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A union source told daily Bild on Monday that their next effort to pressure employers in the ongoing wage dispute would be on Thursday at the earliest.

The delay stems from a three-day conference of GDL leaders, the paper said.

“During this time strikes are all but ruled out,” a GDL board member said.

But GDL spokeswoman Gerda Seibert refused to confirm the delay with news agency DAPD, saying the union had only officially announced strikes were possible from Tuesday onwards.

A strike by train drivers for both freight and passenger routes crippled rail traffic in Germany last Thursday morning, with hundreds of cancellations and countless delays reported across the country.

The union, representing 75 percent of Germany's 26,000 train drivers, is pushing for a salary increase for Deutsche Bahn employees and for uniform pay practices at the former monopoly and at competitors.

So far employers have failed to present a negotiable proposal, GDL leader Claus Weselsky said last week.

“Even after three temporary strikes and the collective measures in freight and passenger traffic the employers have not budged a bit,” he said.

But Deutsche Bahn denied this.

"We really don’t know how many offers we can still make," a spokeswoman said.

"We’re not refusing. It’s the opposite. Deutsche Bahn is and remains ready to

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negotiate on a collective wage contract for all train drivers."

GDL must first reveal their specific wishes and return to the bargaining table, she added.

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Your comments about this article

12:32 March 14, 2011 by ChrisNHH
The original story in the BILD has reportedly been denied by the unions, according to NDR INFO radio. Strikes could go ahead before this.
13:39 March 14, 2011 by catjones
Just like a terrorist organization, you never know when they'll strike next.
15:19 March 14, 2011 by tallady
The s-bahn what an undependable form of transportation...and a disgrace to the Capitol city of Germany.
15:30 March 14, 2011 by idiot
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
18:58 March 14, 2011 by ChrisNHH
and the Berlin S-Bahn had to restore former East German vintage trains to cover some lines in Berlin! Nice to know the Hamburg S-Bahn works quite well
19:58 March 14, 2011 by wood artist

It's all about that Ostalgia thing.

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