German train drivers threaten to call a strike over wages
21 September 2007, Berlin (AFP) - Germany's train drivers' union on Friday confirmed that it was likely to call a strike after wage talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn collapsed.
21 September 2007
Berlin (AFP) - Germany's train drivers' union on Friday confirmed that it was likely to call a strike after wage talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn collapsed.
"It is highly probable that we will have to resort to labour action to push the negotations about our contract," the deputy chief of the GDL union, Claus Weselsky, told Bayerisher Rundfunk radio.
He said the union would not call a strike before October 1.
The end of September was set as a deadline for last-ditch talks on a new collective contract for rail workers, but the talks collapsed on Thursday, leaving Deutsche Bahn to warn that "there will not be a second chance" if GDL continues to pursue its own course in negotiations.
Two other rail unions -- Transnet and GDBA -- agreed a 4.5-percent pay rise spread over 19 months from January 2008 as well as a bonus of 600 euros (850 dollars).
But GDL is pushing for a pay rise of 31 percent for its members, a demand described as "outrageous" by Deutsche Bahn.
Germany saw disruptive warning strikes earlier this year.
GDL theatened to launch a nationwide strike in the summer, but Deutsche Bahn secured a court ruling preventing the union from doing so until September 30.
Subject: German news