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Warning strike at Deutsche Bahn on Thursday and Friday

Train driver strike

Signalling lights turn red in front of Berlin Central Station at sunrise.

The German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) has called on its members to go on another warning strike at Deutsche Bahn. From 10 p.m. on Thursday evening until 10 p.m. on Friday evening, passengers will once again have to prepare for thousands of train cancellations on rail services throughout Germany.

All employees in the long-distance and regional transport sectors, as well as S-Bahn employees in Berlin, have been called to strike, the GDL announced in the evening. According to the announcement, the strike in freight transport will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening. Among other things, the union wants to emphasise its demand for a reduction in working hours for shift workers.

Last rail strike with considerable impact on regional transport

The GDL last went on strike at Deutsche Bahn on 15 and 16 November. During this 20-hour work stoppage, a good 80 per cent of the scheduled long-distance journeys were cancelled. The impact on regional transport was even more pronounced in some federal states, with virtually no trains and hardly any suburban trains running in some regions at times.

BVG is not on strike

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) will not be affected by the strike of the train drivers' union. Buses, subway trains (U-Bahn) , trams and ferries will operate as usual during the 24-hour warning strike.

Author: dpa/
Further information: Public Transportation in Berlin
Publication date: 6 December 2023
Last updated: 7 December 2023

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