Rail Strike in Germany
16. 11. 2023
The train drivers' union GDL is emphasizing its demands: it is calling for a warning strike from Wednesday evening, 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. The railway called the industrial action “completely unnecessary”. In the collective bargaining dispute with Deutsche Bahn, the train drivers’ union GDL is increasing the pressure. Two days before the next round of negotiations, the union announced that it would go on a warning strike from 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening to 6 p.m. on Thursday. "The employees are very dissatisfied, their concerns are legitimate," explained union leader Claus Weselsky. "Anyone who believes that they can cynically play for time at the expense of their employees is mistaken. Now is the time to make improvements; there is no room for delay." The railway has so far not been prepared to respond to key demands such as a reduction in working hours. Deutsche Bahn sharply criticized the GDL's fundamental decision to go on strike. “This is an unreasonable expectation for rail passengers. This strike is completely unnecessary,” said rail human resources director Martin Seiler, according to a statement. The train drivers' union ignores agreements and acts irresponsibly. Four further negotiation dates have just been agreed with the GDL. DB as an employer put an eleven percent offer on the table in the opening round. The GDL is holding millions of people liable and trampling on social partnership.