Deutschbahn and GDL reach historic agreement to end months of collective bargaining disputes, restoring train services in Germany.

Deal Finalized with Deutsche Bahn

After months of collective bargaining disputes, train travelers in Germany can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn have reached an agreement. The details of this agreement will be announced on Tuesday morning. This comes after six industrial disputes, failed moderation, and a court dispute that has been ongoing since early this year.

The head of the GDL, Claus Weselsky, will explain the details of the agreement on Tuesday morning. The railway’s Human Resources Director, Martin Seiler, will also provide a statement on the current status of the collective bargaining agreement with the GDL.

The main issue in this round of collective bargaining was the GDL’s demand for a reduction in weekly working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours while maintaining wages. The railway had offered 36 hours with full wage compensation in two steps until 2028, but the union rejected this proposal. However, thanks to their persistence and determination, they were able to reach an agreement that met their demands.

The union’s strikes had disrupted rail traffic and affected commuters, travelers, and industries relying on freight trains. The railway criticized the strikes as disproportionate but upheld them in court due to legal technicalities. Following the conflict, Transport Minister Volker Wissing suggested potential law changes that may have contributed to reaching an agreement between GDL and Deutsche Bahn.

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

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