Deutsche Bahn – to strike or not to strike – economy

The Locomotive Drivers Union (GDL) has started counting its strike vote over a labor dispute at Deutsche Bahn. “We are expecting more than 90 percent approval for the strike,” GDL boss Claus Weselsky said in Frankfurt am Main on Monday. The GDL does not want to announce the result of the postal vote until Tuesday. The approval of 75 percent of the votes cast is required. Weselsky has left open the question of whether specific dates for the work stoppages will be given on Tuesday. In all cases, rail travelers will be warned well in advance so that they can prepare for the situation. The round of collective bargaining between the railway and the GDL union is stalled. Weselsky again ruled out returning to the negotiating table at this stage. The GDL is demanding salary increases of around 3.2%, as in the public sector, as well as a large corona bonus.

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