Deal Finalized with Deutsche Bahn

German Train Dispute Ends: Collective Bargaining Agreement Reached After Month-Long Strike

Train travelers in Germany can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn have reached an agreement in their month-long collective bargaining dispute, avoiding further strikes. The details of the agreement will be announced on Tuesday morning by Claus Weselsky, the head of GDL, and Martin Seiler, the railway’s Human Resources Director.

After six industrial disputes, failed moderation, and a court dispute, talks resumed between the two parties. The main issue in the collective bargaining round 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 union’s strikes had disrupted rail traffic, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains. The railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate, but the union’s actions were upheld in court. Following the conflict, Transport Minister Volker Wissing suggested potential law changes.

Overall, the agreement between GDL and Deutsche Bahn brings relief to train travelers in Germany and resolves a dispute that had caused significant disruptions in rail services.

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