Head of the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) Claus Weselsky rejected an attempt by DB to have former minister-president of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck moderate negotiations between the two parties, calling the suggestion a “PR stunt.”
The strikes began on freight trains on Monday and were broadened to include passenger services on Tuesday.
On Wednesday around one third of long distance services were in operation. In the east of the country only around 15 percent of regional services were running. In the west two thirds of services were still in operation.
This is the eighth round of strikes in a dispute over pay and working hours which has been running since September 2014.
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