Train drivers union aims to shut down all rail traffic

13th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 November 2007, Berlin - The union representing the majority of Germany's train drivers Tuesday called a renewed strike to hit goods and passenger traffic simultaneously later this week.

13 November 2007

Berlin - The union representing the majority of Germany's train drivers Tuesday called a renewed strike to hit goods and passenger traffic simultaneously later this week.

GDL boss Manfred Schell announced in Frankfurt that the union's members would cease work on goods trains from midday on Wednesday and on passenger trains from Thursday 2:00 am.

Both strikes are to run until Saturday 2:00 am, in the first action by the GDL to target both goods and passenger traffic since the dispute began in the spring.

The union, which represents some 15,500 of the 19,600 drivers employed by the state-owned Deutsche Bahn (DB) rail company, is demanding an independent wage contract and a 31-per-cent wage hike.

Schell said he had no interest in further talks with DB until a "negotiable offer" was tabled. DB has appealed to the GDL to return to the negotiating table to discuss the offer it put forward on October 15.

Schell met DB chairman Hartmut Mehdorn for secret talks on Monday afternoon without success.

DPA

Subject: German news

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