German train drivers‘ union halts strikes to negotiate

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German train drivers‘ union halts strikes to negotiate
Rail passengers walk or wait at the main train station in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on March 12, 2024, during a strike called by GDL train drivers' union. On Saturday, Deutsche Bahn and GDL said they had returned to the negotiating table. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Germany's Deutsche Bahn railways and the GDL train drivers' union announced they had returned to the negotiating table on Saturday after a wave of strikes demanding better pay.


The talks were "intensive and constructive" and taking place in "small committees and behind closed doors", a statement said.

Both sides agreed they were "confident of being able to announce a result next week".

While the negotiations go on the union said it would halt further strike action.

The train drivers have walked out six times since November, including a 24-hour stoppage last Tuesday, causing major travel disruption for thousands of passengers.

GDL wants more money for its members as well as a 35-hour week for the same salary as the current 38-hour week.


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Deutsche Bahn has said it has offered up to 13 percent more pay, as well as the option of cutting the working week down to 37 hours starting in 2026.

Europe's largest economy has faced industrial action for months as workers and management across multiple sectors wrestle over terms amid high inflation and weak business activity.



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