Easing Tensions: GDL and Deutsche Bahn Reach an Agreement to End Strikes and Restore Train Services in Germany

Deal Finalized with Deutsche Bahn

After months of industrial disputes, failed moderation attempts, and a court battle, talks between the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn have finally resumed. Train travelers in Germany can now breathe a sigh of relief as the two parties have reached an agreement that will avoid further strikes.

On Tuesday morning, Claus Weselsky, head of the GDL, will provide details of the agreement to the public. Martin Seiler, Deutsche Bahn’s Human Resources Director, will also provide a statement on the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with GDL.

The main issue in this round of negotiations was GDL’s demand for a reduction in weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours while maintaining wages. While Deutsche Bahn offered 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, the union rejected this proposal. However, after six industrial disputes and conflict with transport minister Volker Wissing suggesting potential law changes, both sides were able to come to an agreement that resolves this long-standing conflict.

The union’s strikes had disrupted rail traffic and affected commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains. Despite criticism from Deutsche Bahn that the strikes were disproportionate, they were upheld in court. With this agreement reached between GDL and Deutsche Bahn, train travelers can look forward to more reliable service without any further disruptions.

Overall, this agreement brings relief to train travelers in Germany and resolves a dispute that had caused significant disruptions in rail services.

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