Just over a week after Germany's longest-ever rail strike the country's GDL train drivers' union will hold another strike. The GDL and Deutsche Bahn have blamed each other for the failure of wage talks. Train services across Germany are set to face another disruption after today’s announcement by GDL train drivers union.
Passenger services of national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) would be halted Wednesday morning, GDL said, while freight trains were scheduled to stop even earlier, on Tuesday afternoon. GDL also said that the walkout of its train drivers would be open-ended, with a date for an end of the strike to be announced later in the week.
The GDL has so far staged eight walkouts over 10 months of negotiations, with a 3,000-driver-strong strike earlier this month that lasted six days - making it Germany's longest train strike - and only ended on May 10. Economists say the week-long strike may have cost Deutsche Bahn around 750 million euros ($855.7 million).
The GDL union is demanding a 5-percent pay hike for drivers, a two-hour cut in drivers' working week and the right to represent other rail staff, such as train stewards.