Train drivers in Germany have voted to stage a series of strikes over pay which could affect travel for millions of people over the peak summer holiday period. The drivers’ union has issued Deutsche Bahn with an ultimatum: come back with a sustainable pay and conditions offer by 6pm local time tonight, or the network will be hit by the most far-reaching strikes to occur for 15 years.
But Deutsche Bahn’s Personnel Director Margaret Suckale said there was no reason to make a new offer, and criticised the strike action as excessive and irresponsible. The drivers’ union representative Manfred Schell said a four hour countrywide stoppage would begin from tomorrow on freight transport if no offer was received.
95 percent of Deutsche Bahn’s 34 thousand train staff have voted in favour of the open-ended action to reinforce their demands for a 31 percent wage increase and a separate union contract.