Railway workers strike: the strike hits the railway economy so hard

An internal document shows how quickly industrial action paralyzed rail traffic in Germany: 9,250 trains were canceled in the first twelve hours alone. Operations are expected to normalize again on Wednesday – but the next escalation is already looming.

By Markus Balser, Berlin

Deutsche Bahn tried hard on Tuesday to prevent the consequences of the strike from appearing so dramatic. The emergency program is working. He remains calm in the stations. It was not wrong – after all, hardly a train was arriving in many places. “We benefit from the fact that we were informed of the strike at an early stage,” the company said. But the renewed 48-hour labor dispute by the GDL train drivers’ union has hit Deutsche Bahn hard. This emerges from an internal management report of the largest German public company published on Tuesday, which is available to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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