Vast majority of GDL members vote in favour of open-ended strikes

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The Union of German Locomotive Drivers (GDL) members have officially voted in favour of extended industrial action that could possibly start in January. The union’s head, Claus Weselsky, said there will be no strike during the holidays. However, he underlined that the German rail sector could face an open-ended standstill starting on 8 January.

According to the union, 97 per cent of its members employed by Deutsche Bahn voted for a thunderous ‘yes’ in the strike ballot, which GDL announced in late November. The union had underlined that if the voting results were pro-strike, the industrial action following them would not be reduced in single-day traffic impairments but would be extended. Additionally, GDL had mentioned the possibility of multiple warning strikes before going on an extended strike.

Also read: Can Germany afford another round of rail strikes?

With Weselsky claiming that there will be no industrial action during the holidays, warning strikes appear now off the agenda. Nevertheless, a major strike or even strikes are looming over the German railway sector, which may enter 2024 with its back against the wall. After all, GDL highlighted that the ballot results opened up the way to extend the labour dispute even more.

GDL has already launched two 24-hour-long warning strikes, one in November and one in December. Those two strikes heavily impacted rail operations, with hundreds of delayed and cancelled trains. The combination of strikes and harsh winter weather conditions in Germany has already resulted in a service backlog that DB said could last for weeks.

Also read: DB tries to avoid industrial standstill during new strike round

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is the Chief Editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “Vast majority of GDL members vote in favour of open-ended strikes”

bönström bönström|22.12.23|02:00

Frustrations, BREXIT…, etc., very much are trigged by a railway stuck at standards, no longer optimal.
(Regrettably Goal of EU…, nearness, has not been provided for.)
At railways funding devastatingly remains for standards, that are cementing.
(Ware owners, clients have shifted strategy to On Demand! For proving equal, now a future proof, a railway with safe safety factors, a now optimal railway urgently is needed!)

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Vast majority of GDL members vote in favour of open-ended strikes

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The Union of German Locomotive Drivers (GDL) members have officially voted in favour of extended industrial action that could possibly start in January. The union’s head, Claus Weselsky, said there will be no strike during the holidays. However, he underlined that the German rail sector could face an open-ended standstill starting on 8 January.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is the Chief Editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “Vast majority of GDL members vote in favour of open-ended strikes”

bönström bönström|22.12.23|02:00

Frustrations, BREXIT…, etc., very much are trigged by a railway stuck at standards, no longer optimal.
(Regrettably Goal of EU…, nearness, has not been provided for.)
At railways funding devastatingly remains for standards, that are cementing.
(Ware owners, clients have shifted strategy to On Demand! For proving equal, now a future proof, a railway with safe safety factors, a now optimal railway urgently is needed!)

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