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German train drivers defy pay deal

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German train drivers have followed their GDL union leaders orders to take industrial action today. Its 20 000 members are holding out for pay rises of up to 31 percent, despite the two other rail unions, with over 130 000 members, settling for four and a half percent yesterday in talks with rail boss Hartmut Mehdorn.

Leaders from the Transnet and GDBA unions also obtained a 600 euro bonus, and the deal is one of the highest this year in Germany. It is also state-owned Deutsche Bahn’s best offer since WWII. Deutsche Bahn has gone to court in Dusseldorf to get the strike declared illegal, but despite the ruling the GDL leaders have yet to respond, and delays across the network could continue for some time.