Germans face rail strikes over Christmas as wage talks fail

0
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is pictured in Berlin© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is pictured in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s EVG railway workers’ union plans to stage warning strikes over the Christmas period after wage talks with rail operator Deutsche Bahn () broke down early on Saturday.

“Warning strikes will now be the unavoidable consequence,” said EVG leader Torsten Westphal in a statement. The union represents most railway-related workers and professionals.

Deutsche Bahn is also holding talks with the smaller train drivers’ union GDL.

Both unions want a 7.5 wage increase and also have demands on working hours and holidays.

Deutsche Bahn, which said it had offered a 5.1 percent wage rise in two stages and a one-off payment of 500 euros, said EVG’s decision to break off talks had caused a “completely unnecessary escalation”.

“To leave the negotiating table with this offer is incomprehensible and unnecessarily unsettles our customers in the middle of the Christmas period,’ said Deutsche Bahn human resources head Martin Seiler in a statement.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.