DB to take legal action against train drivers' strike

The Deutsche Bahn train drivers' union wants to take legal action against the strike announced by GDL. Deutsche Bahn will submit an urgent application for an interim injunction to the Frankfurt am Main labor court, the company announced this evening.

“We consider this strike to be not only completely unnecessary, but also not legally permissible,” Human Resources Director Martin Seiler said in a statement.

The railways called on GDL to call off the strike and instead take up the company's proposed date of talks on Wednesday. “Solutions can only be found at the negotiating table,” Seiler said.

The strike was postponed to Wednesday

The GDL had called for a multi-day strike. In passenger traffic, contrary to what was originally planned, it will not start tomorrow, but instead will last until Wednesday night and Friday evening. In freight transport, GDL members have to stop work on Tuesday evening.

In an ongoing collective bargaining dispute, the GDL had already received the green light from its members for indefinite strikes before Christmas. GDL boss Klaus Weselski announced that commuters should expect prolonged labor disputes from January 8. However, the German Civil Service Association recently announced that there would be no strike earlier in the week in view of an important meeting of the union, of which the GDL is also a member.

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