After 6 Industrial Disputes, Train Travelers in Germany Can Finally Breathe a Sigh of Relief as Collective Bargaining Dispute Resolved

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 was reached after six industrial disputes, failed moderation, and a court dispute.

The head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, will provide details of the agreement on Tuesday morning. The railway’s Human Resources Director, Martin Seiler, will also give an update on the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with the GDL.

The main issue in the 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 rejected this proposal by the union.

The strikes led by GDL had disrupted rail traffic, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains. The railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate but was upheld in court following conflict resolution efforts. After Wissing suggested potential law changes regarding transportation conflicts between unions and employers following the conflict, Transport Minister Volker Wissing made suggestions that could lead to changes in laws regarding labor disputes involving unions and employers.

Overall, this agreement brings relief to train travelers in Germany and resolves a dispute that caused significant disruptions in rail services.

In summary: Train Travelers in Germany Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief as Collective Bargaining Dispute Resolved

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