German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the GDL train drivers' union on Wednesday agreed to return to arbitration talks, with GDL halting its open-ended strike and agreeing not to down tools until the new talks come to a close. The current strike action was set to conclude at 7 p.m. local time (17:00 UTC) on Thursday, May 21.
Industrial action by the GDL had led to repeated disruptions on German railroads over the past 12 months, with nine separate strikes in the period, including the longest in Deutsche Bahn's 21-year history. The Bahn estimates its daily costs incurred by such strikes at 10 million euros ($11.1 million), while the Federation of German Industries (BDI) put total daily costs to the country at 100 million euros.
Deutsche Bahn said the regular timetable will recommence on Saturday, 23.05.15. Until then, services will continue to run on a limited timetable.