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German train drivers strike over pay and working hours


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German train drivers strike over pay and working hours

German train drivers are set to strike for the second time in a week on Saturday as part of demands for higher wages and shorter working hours.

The three-hour walk-out by workers from the GBL union will affect passengers travelling on Saturday morning between 6 and 9 CET.

The union, which represents about 37,000 drivers, 
conductors and shunters, wants a pay rise of 5 percent and the working week reduced from the current 39 hours to 37.

State-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn upped its offer this week and demanded the strike be called off.

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