Union calls off announced 50-hour German train strike

An announced strike in the German train traffic has been called off, the day before it was supposed to begin.

This is written by the German news agency dpa. The German train company Deutsche Bahn writes the same on its website.

The strike was scheduled to begin Sunday evening and last 50 hours.

It would have paralyzed traffic with long-distance, regional and freight trains.

According to the German train company, train traffic may still be affected in the coming days. This is due to the handling of the many changes brought about by the strike notice.

On Friday, Danish DSB announced that the company’s international trains from Aarhus and Copenhagen would only run to Padborg during the strike. Late on Saturday afternoon, it has not been announced what the canceled strike notice will mean for DSB’s train schedule.

It was the trade union EVG, which represents German train staff, that had announced the strike. The association negotiates collective agreements on behalf of 230,000 workers, of whom 180,000 are employed by Deutsche Bahn.

The German workers are demanding higher wages in order to deal with rising inflation, which is responsible for higher prices.

They want a salary increase of 12 percent over a year or at least 650 euros – approximately DKK 4,800 – more per month.

Deutsche Bahn has offered incremental pay rises of 10 percent for low- and middle-income workers and 8 percent for those on higher incomes.

The train company has also offered an inflation bonus. But the negotiations had reached a deadlock over a question of minimum wage.

According to dpa, around 2,000 employees at Deutsche Bahn only reach the minimum wage of 12 euros an hour – around 90 kroner – through supplements. The parties disagree on how they are taken into account in the negotiations on collective agreements.

On Saturday, the train company submitted an urgent application to a labor court. The company complained that the strike was disproportionate and would harm customers and uninvolved third parties.

On Saturday afternoon, the two parties reached an agreement on a settlement, and EVG called off the strike.

In a statement on Saturday afternoon, EVG writes:

– DB AG (Deutsche Bahn, ed.) declared on Saturday that it would meet our minimum wage demands.

– Following advice from the labor court in Frankfurt, we have therefore reached an agreement to suspend the warning strike at DB AG for the time being.


Source: Kristeligt Dagblad – Latest articles. by www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk.

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