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German rail operator sues striking drivers

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As a train strike in Germany goes into its third day, the workers and management show no sign of backing down from their positions. The train drivers’ union GDL is demanding better pay and conditions for staff, to bring them in line with their European counterparts. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn says it will not be making any new offer and yesterday announced it was launching legal action against the union.

It is demanding five million euros in compensation from the union for a strike in July. The current action is due to end on Saturday, but union leaders have raised the prospect of opened-ended strikes if no progress is made.

Passenger and freight services have been affected by the action, with experts estimating the strike is costing the economy 50 million euros a day. The 62-hour strike, which has seen about 3,000 workers walk off the job, is being described as the biggest in Deutsche Bahn’s history.