Strike Over – GDL and Deutsche Bahn Reach Agreement to End Month-Long Rail Disruption in Germany

Deal closed with Deutsche Bahn

Train drivers in Germany can finally put an end to their month-long strike as GDL and Deutsche Bahn have reached an agreement. The union head, Claus Weselsky, will reveal the details of the agreement on Tuesday morning.

The railway has invited a statement from Human Resources Director Martin Seiler regarding the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with GDL. The main issue in the dispute was GDL’s demand for shift workers to work 35 hours per week instead of 38 while maintaining the same wages. Deutsche Bahn previously offered a compromise of 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but this was rejected by GDL.

GDL has caused disruptions to rail traffic in recent months, affecting commuters, travelers, and industries due to canceled freight trains. While Deutsche Bahn criticized the strikes as disproportionate, GDL was vindicated in court. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing had mentioned possible law changes following the resolution of this conflict.

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