Passenger and Freight Service Disruptions Likely as Train Drivers Plan to Stage Week-long Strike from 4 May
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Source: Drum Cussac
05/04/2015 (Germany) – Unionised drivers at Deustche Bahn (DB), Germany’s railway operator, are planning to stage a week-long strike from Monday, 4 May, over an wage dispute. According to press accounts, freight train drivers will begin observing the work stoppage from 1500hrs (1300 UTC) on Monday. Passenger train drivers, on the other hand, will down tools from 0200hrs (0000 UTC) on Tuesday, 5 May.
The German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) has called for the industrial action as part of ongoing efforts to pressure DB management to increase its members’ salary by 5 per cent and reduce working week hours from 39 to 37.
It should be noted that a related 43-hour strike in April 2015 led to the cancellation of two-thirds of the country’s long-distance trains. As such, those in Germany should stay abreast of the latest related developments, and anticipate a surge in demand for alternative modes of transportation throughout the strike. Clients reliant on DB’s freight service should also review contingency measures to ensure business continuity.
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