Rail strikes loom in Germany after talks collapse

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13 September 2006, BERLIN - The risk of strikes on Germany's national railway system soared Wednesday as negotiations between labour and management over a pact to guarantee the employment of 130,000 staff collapsed. The Deutsche Bahn rail company, which carries freight and passengers nationwide, is owned by the German federal government. It employs 229,000 people driving trains, clipping tickets and in management. German rail unions have already secured a labour contract that guarantees no lay-offs of the

13 September 2006

BERLIN - The risk of strikes on Germany's national railway system soared Wednesday as negotiations between labour and management over a pact to guarantee the employment of 130,000 staff collapsed.

The Deutsche Bahn rail company, which carries freight and passengers nationwide, is owned by the German federal government. It employs 229,000 people driving trains, clipping tickets and in management.

German rail unions have already secured a labour contract that guarantees no lay-offs of the 130,000 staff before the year 2010, but are worried it will be worthless if the government breaks up the company before a likely initial public offering to investors.

The two unions, Transnet and GDBA, said Monday there would be "organized protests" if the labour demands for an enhanced job guarantee were not met. A company spokesman said the differences between the two sides had proved "unbridgeable."

DPA

Subject: German news

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