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Deal closed with Deutsche Bahn

The railway industry in Germany can 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. This will prevent further strikes and disruptions to rail traffic.

The head of GDL, Claus Weselsky, has been invited to explain the details of the agreement on Tuesday morning, while Human Resources Director Martin Seiler will provide an update on the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with GDL.

After six failed industrial disputes, moderation efforts, and court intervention, talks resumed recently. The main issue in the negotiations had been GDL’s demand for shift workers to reduce their weekly working hours from 38 to 35 while maintaining the same wages. Deutsche Bahn initially offered to agree to 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028 but this was rejected by the union.

The railway had criticized the strikes as disproportionate but ultimately conceded that they were justified after being vindicated in court. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing also mentioned possible law changes following the resolution of this conflict.

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