Deutsche Bahn – Hard Fronts – Economy

After more than five days of strike action at Deutsche Bahn, travelers can once again expect normal rail traffic on Tuesday. From Tuesday morning 2:00 am, the industrial action should end, at least the third wave of strikes. For the first time in the current wage dispute, the strike lasted an entire weekend. In the previous wave of strikes about two weeks ago, the railway had already started the day before the strike ended to transport train personnel and vehicles to where they were needed for regular operations. This meant that train operations could resume relatively quickly.

A rapprochement between the two parties is not in sight. GDL boss Claus Weselsky stressed again on Monday that he currently sees no basis for negotiations. The union is ready to continue talks if a negotiable offer comes from the railroad, Weselsky said. The so-called railway offer is just a simulated improvement.

Last week, the railway submitted an offer, among other things, with a shorter tariff term of 36 months instead of 40 months. In addition, she has promised a corona bonus of up to 600 euros for this year. Weselsky declined the offer. The railroad wants to limit GDL to train conductors and train attendants and deny them collective agreements for the workshop and administration, Weselsky said. Here, fundamental rights would be affected. We must constantly prevent the GDL from being the majority in the company. “And we are defending ourselves against it,” Weselsky said.

The GDL was again criticized for the weekend strike from several sides, including the head of the German trade union federation, Reiner Hoffmann. The latter accused the GDL, “that here a professional group such as train drivers was asserting their particular interests against the general interests of all other railway employees”. Weselsky rejected this on Monday.

The unified collective bargaining law entered into force in 2015 and stipulates that in a company with two unions, only the collective agreement of employee representatives with a greater number of members will be applied. In the case of railways, from the point of view of the Group, this is generally the largest union in the railways and EVG transport.

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