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German train drivers vote to strike over pay

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German train drivers vote to strike over pay


German train drivers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike which would be the biggest stoppage on the country’s railways for 15 years. The GDL train drivers union called the strike ballot after management turned down its 31 percent pay demand. More than 95 percent of drivers agreed to stop work from as early as this Wednesday. The pay row has been simmering for months but came to a head after most Deutsche Bahn workers agreed to a 4.5 percent rise, plus bonus, but the drivers didn’t. The union has now warned management it has until tomorrow evening to put forward a new pay contract, or risk an all-out strike from Wednesday, which would cause chaos on the German railways, stranding holiday travellers. Deutsche Bahn chief Hartmut Mehdorn has described the drivers demands as “ridiculous”. But the GDL claims its drivers just want parity with their colleagues in other European countries.

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