Germany - Rail delays as unions strike over pay increase - October 26, 2010

In the morning of Tuesday 26 October rail passengers in various regions faced delays as transportation unions held a warning strike, calling for greater wage equality. They say private rail operators pay significantly less than national operator Deutsche Bahn. Rail unions Transnet and GDBA were asking for pay rises from six regional operators, stating that Abellio, Benex, Keolis, Veolia, Hessische Landesbahn and Arriva pay staff as much as 20% less than the national operator pays its rail workers. Unions have warned that further strikes could be staged if a deal will not be reached. The strike, involving about 1,600 workers, ended on Tuesday afternoon.




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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