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German rail workers go on strike

  • Published by Vedat

German rail workers have gone on strike, causing cancelations and delays around the country.

Rail trackStrikes began early Monday morning in Germany, with a Deutsche Bahn spokesperson saying commuter lines in particular were "severely affected." Travelers in the states of Berlin, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and in the southwest of the country all faced delays.

The strike lasted from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, during which long distance trains as well as regional commute were canceled or delayed.

Notably, staff at signal boxes and workshops also joined the strike, as well as some cabin crew. Freight rail was also affected.

According to the Railway and Transport Workers' Union (EVG), the strike organizer, railway employees "in almost every state" of Germany protested in the morning to "express their displeasure over the inadequate rate offer made by the employer".

EVG represents about 130,000 employees of Deutsche Bahn, and has called for a salary increase of 6.5 percent.

In previous negotiations that ended in February, the group offered a two-stage package consisting of an increase of 2.4 percent from May 1, 2013, and an additional 2 percent from April next year. An one percent increase of retirement pensions were also offered.
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