Train drivers to strike on Wednesday for 14 hours

Train drivers to strike on Wednesday for 14 hours
Photo: DPA
Germany’s rail network will come to an abrupt halt on Wednesday when the country’s train drivers strike for 14 hours.

Drivers’ union GDL announced on Tuesday a 14-hour strike lasting from Wednesday 2pm to Thursday 4am.

It is the second nationwide train strike in a week, following last Wednesday’s walkout in an ongoing dispute between the union and rail operator Deutsche Bahn over pay and working hours.

Last Wednesday, a nine-hour strike overnight caused severe disruption the following day as trains were in the wrong places to run a normal service.

Drivers want a five-percent pay increase and a two-hour cut to their working week. 

The strike will hit national and regional services as well as city S-Bahn trains.

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