Deal closed with Deutsche Bahn

The long-standing collective bargaining dispute between the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn has finally come to an end, with both sides reaching an agreement on Monday evening. This news brings relief to train travelers in Germany who have been affected by the ongoing strikes.

The head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, will reveal the details of the agreement on Tuesday morning, while Human Resources Director Martin Seiler will provide a statement on the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with the GDL. The main issue in the dispute has been the GDL’s demand for shift workers to reduce their weekly working hours from 38 to 35 while maintaining the same wages. Deutsche Bahn had previously offered to agree to 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but this was rejected by the union.

In recent months, commuters, travelers, and industries have been disrupted due to canceled freight trains caused by strike action by the GDL. While Deutsche Bahn criticized the strikes as disproportionate, it was ultimately vindicated in court. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing had mentioned possible law changes following the resolution of this conflict. With this dispute now resolved, train travelers can breathe a sigh of relief and plan their journeys without interruption.

By Samantha Johnson

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