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Train drivers in fresh strike on Monday

The Local · 18 Apr 2011, 07:04

Published: 18 Apr 2011 07:04 GMT+02:00

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Rail union GDL announced the strike, which will run from 2 pm Monday to 2 am Thursday.

Only last week, drivers from the five firms walked off the job for 48 hours over better pay.

In total, the drivers have been on strike for 119 hours since March. They are demanding a single wage scale for all train drivers in the country, using the national operator Deutsche Bahn as a benchmark.

Further heightening the tension, Saxony-Anhalt carrier Veolia has locked out its drivers. Other firms include Abellio, Arriva, Benex and Hessische Landesbahn.

One operator, Keolis Deutschland, has had “constructive negotiations” with GDL and therefore is exempted from the strike, the union said. This showed that there was a political will to solve the dispute, GDL added.

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The union has just struck a deal with Deutsche Bahn for a comprehensive pay scale for the 20,000 drivers who work for the national operator.

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09:14 April 18, 2011 by 9900lawre
I agree with one pay scale for all train drivers especialy when it is one job across the same rail network regardless of who's train travels on it. The running costs to the companies are the same and competition shouldn't be made at the expense of the workers.

If however the strikes have a motive to gain LARGE pay rises across all of the providers INCLUDING DB then i question the validity of the strikes in todays economic climate.
10:26 April 18, 2011 by Landmine
I think strikes by public transportation system workers whether private or not should be illeagal. They can cost businesses billions in lost proiductivity when they strike and it just inconviniences and hurts the country.

If these drivers were making below poverty wages, then yes, they should get a pay raise, but I am sure they are not.

In hindsight, there are almost no private jobs in business that pay the same all over the country, iow, there is no payscale for IT engineers, airline pilots or even cleaning ladies across the country. So why would they allow a strike to nationalize the pay scale. It's a free country, if you don't like your pay, go get another better job.
20:39 April 18, 2011 by wood artist
I'm often intrigued by people who want to change the job they have, and believe the employer is responsible for making them happy. If you don't like your situation, change it yourself. If you're not being paid what you feel you're worth, get a different job. If you can't do that, or won't, then...well...shut up.

We don't have a "right" to demand the company bow to our whims. After all, they hired you to do THEIR job. They have a business to run, and since their money is at risk, they have some rights to run it the way they see fit. Yes, they have to comply with the laws governing employment...no argument there. However, if they say the wage is 10 and you want 12, it's up to you.

Unions served a valuable purpose once, and things like sick leave, paid vacation, and such came from them. However, now that those things are (more or less) standard, the need for unions has changed. It's all about power now. Everybody wants to be paid more, but the fact is, those costs must be borne by the business.

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