End to German Train Disputes: GDL and Deutsche Bahn Reach Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Deal Finalized with Deutsche Bahn

After six failed attempts at moderation and a court dispute, talks between the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn have resumed, leading to a collective bargaining agreement that will be announced on Tuesday morning. The head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, will explain the details of the agreement, while Martin Seiler, the railway’s Human Resources Director, will provide an update on the current status of the agreement with the union.

The primary issue in the collective bargaining round was GDL’s demand for a reduction in weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours while maintaining wages. Despite Deutsche Bahn offering 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, the union rejected this proposal. The union’s strikes had disrupted rail traffic and affected commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains. While Deutsche Bahn criticized the strikes as disproportionate, they were upheld in court following Transport Minister Volker Wissing’s suggestion of potential law changes.

Overall, this agreement between GDL and Deutsche Bahn provides relief to train travelers in Germany by resolving a dispute that had caused significant disruptions in rail services.

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