Train Drivers in Germany to Strike Again from this Thursday

German train drivers will again embark on a 24-hour nationwide passenger strike starting Thursday evening, causing significant disruptions to travel across the country.

Complete Details of the Strike:

  • Start Time: 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • End Time: 10 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2023
  • Duration: 24 hours
  • Impact: Thousands of train cancellations expected
  • Affected Services: Long-distance, regional, and commuter trains in Berlin and Hamburg
  • Reason: Dispute over pay and working hours

Key Demands of the Train Drivers:

  • Reduced weekly work hours: From 38 to 35 with no pay cut
  • Monthly raise: €555 ($600)
  • One-time payment: €3,000 to offset inflation

Deutsche Bahn’s Response:

  • Rejected reduction in working hours due to labor shortages
  • Offered an 11% raise to drivers

Previous Strikes:

  • This is the fourth strike by the GDL union at Deutsche Bahn this year.
  • The last strike, on November 15-16, caused the cancellation of nearly 80% of long-distance and regional trains.

Next Steps:

  • GDL is expected to announce the results of a membership vote on full-scale strikes shortly before Christmas.

Impact on Travelers:

  • Passengers are advised to check with Deutsche Bahn for updated travel information and consider alternative transportation options.

Additional Information:

  • This strike will also affect freight trains, with the strike starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
  • The strike is expected to have a significant impact on the German economy.

Stay tuned for further updates on the developing situation.

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