Another Train drivers' strike from Monday
Passengers of Deutsche Bahn have to prepare for another strike from Monday to Wednesday. Berlin's S-Bahn is also affected.
Archive (2015): The words "S-Bahn affected by GDL strike" are written on the S-Bahn display board at Ostkreuz station in Berlin. In the background, the signals are set to red.
The German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) has called on its members to strike for the second time in the current round of collective bargaining. "They are striking for more wages, for the protection of their pensions," said GDL leader Claus Weselsky in Berlin on 20 August 2021. The anger among the members towards the management is great, he said.
Train drivers on strike for 48 hours from Monday
Unlike last week, this time passengers have more time to prepare for the strike. However, in freight transport, the strike is scheduled to start as early as 5pm on Saturday afternoon. In passenger transport, the strike is scheduled to start at 2.00 a.m. on Monday 23 August 2021 and end at 2.00 a.m. on Wednesday 25 August.
Deutsche Bahn sets up emergency timetable
Last week, the GDL went on strike for two days in the long-distance and local transport sectors of Deutsche Bahn. Deutsche Bahn set up an emergency timetable, but had to cancel most of the journeys. In freight transport, the strike lasted several hours longer. The new strike is likely to affect millions of passengers, including many holiday travellers. School holidays are still in progress in ten federal states.
BVG runs on schedule
Berlin's public transport services are not affected by the rail strike. Underground trains, trams, buses and ferries will run as scheduled in Berlin. However, BVG points out that passengers should be prepared for fuller vehicles as a precaution, because the Berlin S-Bahn will probably also be affected by the strike, at least in parts. To compensate, the largest possible vehicles are to be used where possible.
GDL fights for higher wages
Among other things, the GDL is fighting for better pay and is demanding wage increases of around 3.2 per cent, as in the public sector, as well as a Corona bonus of 600 euros in the current year. Unlike the larger railway and transport union (EVG), it does not want to accept a pay freeze this year.
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Last edited: Friday, 20. August 2021 13:43 Uhr