Few problems in German national rail service after strike averted

10th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Germany's state-owned rail company, Deutsche Bahn, reported minor disruptions to long-distance and regional passenger traffic Monday after a strike that had threatened to cripple the key rail transport sector was called off at the last minute.

10 March 2008

BERLIN, Germany - Germany's state-owned rail company, Deutsche Bahn, reported minor disruptions to long-distance and regional passenger traffic Monday after a strike that had threatened to cripple the key rail transport sector was called off at the last minute.

Most trains would run normally, a spokesman said, although there would be some disruption as Deutsche Bahn moved from an emergency timetable it implemented for the planned strike back to a standard schedule.

A national, unlimited strike was averted late Sunday when the GDL drivers union, which represents three-quarters of Germany's 20,000 train drivers, struck a deal with the rail company over relations with two other unions representing the bulk of the staff at the company.

Meanwhile, however, Berlin continued to suffer the effects of a shutdown of its underground trains, trams and buses in a separate strike called by the Verdi services union.

Rolling public sector strikes called by Verdi and its allies that had hit hospitals, airports, refuse collection and child-care centres were put on hold Friday to give arbitrators a chance to resolve a dispute over pay and working hours.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

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