German rail strike planned this month: union
A German train drivers' union Thursday called on its members to go on strike this month over pay and conditions, action also likely to affect regional traffic in the capital Berlin.
The GdL union is battling for a pay agreement for the 26,000 drivers working for state railway company Deutsche Bahn as well as private firms such as Veolia and Keolis.
The first strikes will take place in the middle of this month, with a "day of action" on February 16, union spokesman Claus Weselsky said.
He added that the action would likely affect all firms with GdL employees, including Berlin's regional S-Bahn, already beset with technical difficulties.
In 2007, GdL called a similar strike that paralysed the Deutsche Bahn network.
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