Breakthrough in German Train Dispute: Collective Bargaining Agreement Reached

Deal Finalized with Deutsche Bahn

A collective bargaining dispute between the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn has been resolved, bringing relief to train travelers in Germany. The agreement will be announced on Tuesday morning by the head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, and the railway’s Human Resources Director, Martin Seiler.

The main issue in the dispute was the GDL’s demand for a reduction in weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours while maintaining wages. The railway had offered 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but the union rejected this proposal. The strikes called by GDL had disrupted rail traffic, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains.

Despite criticism from the railway that the strikes were disproportionate, they were upheld in court. Following the conflict, Transport Minister Volker Wissing suggested potential law changes. However, these were not necessary as talks resumed after six industrial disputes and failed moderation attempts.

The agreement reached between GDL and Deutsche Bahn is a significant achievement for both parties and brings relief to train travelers in Germany who have been affected by the ongoing dispute.

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