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Rail strike continues: How long are train cancellations and delays today?

Local and long-distance transport are affected by the rail strike today, December 8, 2023. How long will the warning strike with train cancellations and delays last?

Attention commuters: there’s a new one Strike at the railway. After the collapse of collective bargaining, GDL boss Claus Weselsky had already announced further strikes. Initially he mentioned various dates that would be considered. However, he ruled out a strike on the Christmas holidays.

On Wednesday the GDL announced one Railway strike for December 7th and 8th, 2023. Here you can find out until what time the strike will continue today and what passengers have to prepare for.

Rail strike today, December 8, 2023: When will the strike take place?

The German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) began its strike in freight traffic on Thursday at 6 p.m. Passenger traffic followed from 10 p.m. And today, Friday, December 8, 2023, the strike continues.

Video: dpa

Warning strike by the GDL: How long does the rail strike last?

The rail strike in freight and passenger transport is scheduled to last until 10 p.m. on December 8, 2023. Experience has shown that it will then take a while for traffic to return to normal.

It was only in November that the GDL union called for a 20-hour strike. This resulted in significant train cancellations. During the rail strike in December 2023, passengers must also expect a large number of train cancellations.

During the negotiations with the railway, the GDL recently called on its members to vote for indefinite strikes. The results are expected to be announced at the end of the year. If at least 75 percent of participants vote in favor, there could be indefinite work stoppages.

Current rail strike: Which companies will be on strike from Thursday?

As the German press agency (dpa) reported, the strike was officially declared by the GDL on Wednesday evening. “All employees in the long-distance and regional transport sectors, among others, are called to strike, as are the employees of the S-Bahn in Berlin and Hamburg,” they said dpa.

GDL: Last strike at DB for 2023

The good news for passengers: This should be the last rail strike in 2023. GDL boss Claus Weselsky said on MDR-aktuell: “We will now carry out this strike action on Thursday and Friday, and it is the last one for this year.” No further strikes are planned until January 7th. This means that the period on and around Christmas is spared from a rail strike.

Deutsche Bahn and GDL: What is the union demanding in the negotiations?

The demands of the GDL can be described in three points. She demands…

  • …a wage increase of at least 555 euros – with a simultaneous reduction in weekly working hours from 38 to 35 hours
  • an inflation compensation bonus of 3,000 euros – for trainees it should be 1,500 euros
  • an increase in training remuneration by at least 324 euros and a standardization of remuneration across all railways

Die German railway The GDL offered a wage increase of 11 percent and an inflation compensation bonus. The sticking point in the discussions is, above all, the reduction of weekly working hours to 35 hours. (with dpa)

2023-12-08 15:58:27
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