Railway satisfies union demand after rare strike

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007, FRANKFURT (AFP) - German railway Deutsche Bahn has granted a main demand of train drivers who went on strike last week by agreeing to negotiate a separate collective deal with their GDL union, the railway said Monday.

15 October 2007

FRANKFURT (AFP) - German railway Deutsche Bahn has granted a main demand of train drivers who went on strike last week by agreeing to negotiate a separate collective deal with their GDL union, the railway said Monday.

Deutsche Bahn had until now refused to negotiate separately with the train drivers while offering GDL a better deal than one agreed earlier this year with the unions representing other rail workers, Transnet and GDBA.

Their members are to receive pay rises of 4.5 percent from the beginning of next year along with a one-time payment of 600 euros (850 dollars).

GDL, which has been in a dispute with the railway since early July over demands that include a wage increase of up to 31 percent for drivers, staged a rare all-day strike on Friday that snarled regional and suburban traffic in most parts of the country.

An average of 40 percent of regional and commuter trains had sat idle, with Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin and eastern German regions hit hardest by the upstart GDL union, which has taken an agressive approach to contract talks.

AFP

Subject: German news

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