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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Allemagne. La plus longue grève ferroviaire du pays reprend

by Stéphane Aubouard

Germany’s Longest Train Strike Recommences

Translated Monday 25 May 2015, by Gene Zbikowski

The railroad union GDL is waging a bitter fight against the management of Deutsche Bahn, the German public railroad company.

For a year now, the GDL railroad union has been waging a bitter fight against the management of Deutsche Bahn, the German public railroad company. At the heart of this fight is the train drivers union’s desire to be able to negotiate wage contracts for personnel categories other than just the train drivers because these personnel categories are often poorly defended. Hence the trade union called on May 4 for a new one-week sequence of walk-outs. As during the last strike in late April, one third of the inter-city trains will be rolling on May 6 and 7 and between 15% and 60% of the regional trains. The federation of chambers of industry and commerce is predicting a 500-million-euro loss for the German economy, which on May 4 incited Angela Merkel to describe the strike as a “burden” for train users and for companies. In a country reputed for its relatively civilized labor relations, the times they are a-changing…


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