Strike hits German train network

30th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Worst hit were trains in the southern state of Bavaria where there were numerous cancellations and lengthy delays.

Berlin -- Warning strikes caused misery for German train commuters on Thursday, as workers upped the stakes in their ongoing pay dispute with rail operator Deutsche Bahn.

Worst hit were trains in the southern state of Bavaria where there were numerous cancellations and lengthy delays, trade unions Transnet and GDBA said, while Deutsche Bahn said it was bringing in extra staff.

GDBA and Transnet want a 10-percent wage hike and improved working hours including at least 12 free weekends per year. Deutsche Bahn has offered its 150,000 employees wage hikes of between 2.7 percent and 3 percent.

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