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Company – Wissing calls on Deutsche Bahn and GDL to return to the negotiating table

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Company – Wissing calls on Deutsche Bahn and GDL to return to the negotiating table

GDL strike in December Image: AFP

After negotiations between the train drivers’ union GDL and Deutsche Bahn failed again, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing warned of new strikes and called for talks to be resumed.

After negotiations between Deutsche Bahn and the train drivers’ union GDL failed again, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) warned of new strikes and called for talks to be resumed. “We won’t get anywhere by insisting on maximum positions,” Wissing told “Bild am Sonntag”. “It would no longer be explainable to the people of this country if there were another strike after months of negotiations because those responsible at the negotiating table were unable to find a solution.”

In addition to rail drivers, the economy would also be affected by new strikes because freight transport cannot move either. Wissing therefore warned of supply bottlenecks and disruptions to supply chains in industry as well as possible problems for energy suppliers due to the transport of coal for power plants.

“In addition to the massive disruption to everyday life for large parts of the population, those responsible should remember that there is war in Europe,” said the Transport Minister. “This tariff dispute must not become a security risk. We must find a common solution to this problem.”

The GDL and the railway actually wanted to negotiate until Sunday. However, according to the company, the union broke off the talks prematurely. The main point of contention remains the GDL’s demand for a 35-hour week with full wage compensation. The union wants to inform about the status of the talks at a press conference on Monday.

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Collective bargaining began at the beginning of November. Until the end of January, however, there had been hardly any negotiations, but there had been several strikes.

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