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Strike-hit German commuters fed up with both sides

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Strike-hit German commuters fed up with both sides

Commuters caught up in the German train dispute are irritated by the disruption and have little sympathy for either side. One man in Cologne said: “If I am one of the travellers concerned, which I’m about to find out, I won’t like it. I feel the drivers’ demands are over the top.”

A lady in Frankfurt said: “I’m Austrian, and I don’t understand why this has dragged on for so long. It should be possible to find an agreement. This has been going on for weeks, and will continue to drag on. I think the politicians should step in.”

Also in Frankfurt, commuter Miguel Fernandez said: “I can understand it, but I think it is silly to carry out this whole thing on the backs of others, especially when it is this extreme and this drawn-out. I really find it annoying that Deutsche Bahn hasn’t done something about it. The emergency timetables are wrong, the trains arriving aren’t displayed properly. I’m quite disappointed with Deutsche Bahn, I have to say.”

It is not just affecting commuters. Businesses, especially those who carry limited stock, are also hurting. Car-maker Audi has laid-off one shift due to lack of parts.

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