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For Deutsche Bahn passengers, a point of reliability is returning to the rails. The group and the Union of German Locomotive Drivers (GDL) have settled their month-long collective bargaining dispute with a number of industrial disputes, as either side introduced within the night. Further strikes are subsequently now not doable.

Bahn and GDL wish to announce precisely what the tariff compromise appears like in separate press conferences right now. Until then, the principle query that is still open is whether or not or not the GDL was capable of totally implement its core demand for a discount in weekly working hours for shift staff from 38 to 35 hours with the identical wages.

Six strikes

A complete of six occasions, labor disputes by the GDL led to vital restrictions for rail prospects within the collective bargaining dispute that has now ended. Most just lately, union boss Claus Weselsky Strikes had been introduced at a lot shorter discover than earlier than. A rapprochement between the 2 sides was not foreseeable for a very long time. There was already hope in February, when either side negotiated for weeks behind closed doorways and with the assistance of exterior moderators. But the talks in the end collapsed originally of March. Strikes adopted once more.

Just a little over per week in the past, Bahn and GDL surprisingly introduced collectively that they had been negotiating with one another once more. And they expressed confidence that there might be an answer this time. In addition to the query of decreasing working hours, the time period of a future collective settlement was additionally controversial. In addition, the GDL initially demanded 555 euros extra monthly in addition to a tax- and duty-free inflation compensation bonus of three,000 euros.

GDL rejected compromise

The compromise proposal from the mediators in February envisaged a gradual enhance in wages and salaries by 410 euros. There must be 200 euros extra on August 1st of this yr, 210 extra euros on April 1st, 2025. The time period of the contract would have been 30 months. But the GDL didn’t comply with that.

The collective bargaining dispute started originally of November. After the second spherical of negotiations, Weselsky declared the talks had failed and initiated a strike vote on indefinite strikes in December.

Rail prospects now have the all-clear till not less than subsequent spring. There are not any additional rounds of collective bargaining on the railway this yr. The collective settlement with the bigger railway and transport union (EVG) runs till the top of March 2025. Only then will industrial motion be doable once more.

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