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Deutsche Bahn and GDL: Last-Minute Talks and Strike Disruptions

Deutsche Bahn and GDL: Last-Minute Talks and Strike Disruptions
photo: Deutsche Bahn / Public domain/Deutsche Bahn
11 / 03 / 2024

Deutsche Bahn has extended an invitation to the German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) for last-minute collective bargaining negotiations set for today, with a promise to present offers and solutions directly at the table amidst another wave of strikes.

DB's Board Member for Human Resources, Martin Seiler, emphasized the importance of dialogue at this crucial juncture. "This underlines our serious intention to reach a collective agreement in the interests of our employees and our customers in the near future," said Seiler.

DB has reiterated its willingness to conclude discussions based on an overall package recommened by mediators, which includes significant terms such as a transition to a 36-hour workweek with full wage compensation.

As negotiations hang in the balance, the GDL has announced another nationwide strike affecting passenger transport, starting from 2 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, with DB Cargo operations also facing disruptions. This strike, the sixth of its kind, follows GDL's decision to forego the 48-hour advance strike notice, complicating travel plans for millions.