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German train drivers announce rush-hour strike

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German train drivers announce rush-hour strike


Regional train travel in Berlin and Hamburg could be severely disrupted in the morning as a train drivers union goes on strike. GDL was forced to abandon plans for action affecting freight services when operator, Deutsche Bahn, successfully sought a court injunction. The union has reacted by launching an appeal, and by announcing a two-hour stoppage during the morning rush hour. GDL is demanding a 31 per cent wage rise for drivers who, it says, are hugely underpaid. However, two other larger rail unions have agreed a 4.5 per cent increase with Deutsche Bahn.

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