German rail union announces third strike


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BERLIN — The German Practice Drivers’ Union (GDL) on Monday announced a nationwide strike — its third in a month — after accusing rail operator Deutsche Bahn of failing to present a brand new supply.

The strike will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at DB’s freight division and can be prolonged to passenger providers at 2 a.m. on Thursday. The stoppage is about to finish at 2 a.m. on September 7, making it significantly longer than the 2 previous strikes.

These past strikes, which each affected passenger transport for 48 hours, “obviously did not have any effect on the board of Deutsche Bahn, we see ourselves pressured to pursue this labor motion for much longer,” stated GDL head Claus Weselsky, including that he was sorry for the passengers.

GDL needs a wage improve of 3.2 % and a one-time pandemic bonus of €600. DB is prepared to pay the increase, however there's a dispute over how shortly that increase must be paid out. The corporate additionally stated it was prepared to pay a pandemic premium without specifying an quantity; the union is demanding a concrete supply.