Deal closed with Deutsche Bahn

Train travelers in Germany can now breathe a sigh of relief as the train drivers’ union GDL and Deutsche Bahn have reached an agreement in their month-long collective bargaining dispute. After six industrial disputes, a failed moderation, and a dispute in court, talks have resumed in recent days.

The railway has invited a statement from Human Resources Director Martin Seiler on Tuesday regarding the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with the GDL. The head of the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL), Claus Weselsky, is set to explain the details of the agreement on Tuesday.

The main issue in the collective bargaining round has been the GDL’s demand to reduce weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 while maintaining the same wages. The railway had previously offered to agree to 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but this was rejected by the union.

The union has caused disruptions to rail traffic in recent months, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries due to canceled freight trains. While the railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate, the union was vindicated in court. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing had mentioned possible law changes following the resolution of this conflict.

By Aiden Johnson

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