Deutsche Bahn puts cost of strike at 100 mn euros
The train drivers' strikes at German rail operator Deutsche Bahn cost the company "around 100 million euros" ($125 million), the company's chief executive estimated in a newspaper interview Thursday.
"A strike can very quickly cost up to 10 million euros a day. So far, the strikes have cost us roughly 100 million euros," Deutsche Bahn CEO Ruediger Grube told the regional daily Berliner Zeitung.
"Fact is, it has damaged us a lot. And that really angers me, because our image has been hurt. And the industrial action was carried out on the backs of many of our employees," Grube said.
The train drivers' union GDL has staged a number of walkouts recently, most recently at the start of November when first cargo and then passenger services were hit for a number of days.
The union is demanding higher wages and shorter working hours, but also wants to represent other categories of employees within the group, not just the train drivers.
The conflict has not yet been resolved and more strikes could be called.
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