NSknight and the tallest yet strike For rail customers: The train drivers’ union GDL is calling for a five-day strike in Deutsche Bahn passenger transport from next Thursday from 2 a.m. to Tuesday morning next week. The strike in freight transport will start next Wednesday.
“It is one of the longest union campaigns we are carrying out and that on purpose,” union chairman Claus Weselsky said in Frankfurt am Main on Monday. “Given the blockade of the DB managers, we are unwilling and unwilling to carry out shorter union actions here.” But indefinite strikes are currently not up for discussion, Weselsky emphasized.
the Union of German Engineers (GDL) advocates higher wages and better working conditions for employees. The GDL also wants to score points in the competition with the larger of the two railway unions, the Spoor- en Transportunie (EVG).
From the point of view of the passenger association Pro Bahn, the GDL is going overboard with the new announcement. “There are certain rights in the constitution, but I have to be very careful about that,” the association’s honorary president, Karl-Peter Naumann, said Monday. “I don’t think that’s the case anymore.” With the strike wave, the GDL is damaging the reputation of the railways and the desired turnaround in traffic. “I know enough people who say: if this continues, it will be with train travel.”
“We miss the hull, to say the least”
The labor dispute will affect hundreds of thousands of commuters and countless travelers. The holiday period is running, in several federal states there are still school holidays.
The most recent strike ended Wednesday night last week. The railway responded with emergency timetables. In long-distance traffic, up to 30 percent of the offer could be maintained, in regional traffic, including the S-Bahn, this was an average of 40 percent. The day after the previous strikes, traffic was largely back to normal.
Meanwhile, Deutsche Bahn is trying to temper the consequences of the announced five-day strike. Travelers can make flexible use of tickets before the strike period and reschedule or postpone their trips until September 17, the company announced on Monday. A refund is also possible.
Since then, there has been no rapprochement with management in the collective labor agreement dispute. In interviews over the past few days, railroad boss Richard Lutz had called on the union to return to the negotiating table. The President of the GDL Weselski He also accused of dividing the workforce with false claims.
Weselsky replied Monday that the railroad was waging a war against its own employees and that it could not win it. About the expressions of Lutz he said, “We miss what this CEO is saying, to say the least.”
The Bahn’s personnel director described the renewed labor dispute as “completely exaggerated” on Monday evening. The strike was “justified by nothing”. “The GDL summit is all about expanding their power – at the expense of travelers and the economy,” said Martin Seiler. The only difference between the two sides is the term. The board asked the GDL to return to the negotiating table.
Dispute about corona premium
The railway wants to increase wages and salaries by 3.2 percent, as the GDL demands. However, the time when the individual levels should come into effect and how long the new collective labor agreement should apply is controversial.
The railway has also offered a corona bonus for this year, but has not given it a number. The GDL demands 600 euros. There is also a battle about company pensions; here both sides have not yet moved towards each other.
The union wants to increase its influence in the railway company. For this collective round of negotiations, she last struck at Deutsche Bahn in 2014 and 2015. She also managed to negotiate a framework rate for train conductors. Now it also wants to set rates for vehicle maintenance, network operation and route maintenance, as well as the preconditions for the trainees.
However, this usually represents the EVG, which is why Deutsche Bahn rejects it. Because according to the law on collective bargaining, the contract of the trade union with most members in the company concerned applies.