Germany News: The Power of Labor: German Rail Union Leader Defends Right to Strike
Germany business News: The head of Germany's railway union, Manfred Schell, has defended the upcoming massive strike set to take place on Monday, March 29. The union, known as GDL, has called for a nationwide strike, which is expected to affect both freight and passenger traffic.The strike comes after talks between GDL and Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national railway operator, broke down over a collective bargaining agreement for train drivers. Schell argued that the strike was necessary to secure better working
conditions and higher pay for railway workers, who have faced increasing demands and workloads in recent years.In an interview with German news outlet, Tagesschau, Schell said, "We have to fight for our members' future, and we need to make sure that they receive fair pay and good working conditions. Our members have been pushed to the limit, and we cannot accept any further deterioration of their working conditions."The strike is expected to be one of the largest in recent years,
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GDL calling on all train drivers to participate. The union has also warned that the strike could last longer than the initial 24 hours if their demands are not met.The upcoming strike has caused concern among commuters and businesses who rely on railway transportation. The German government has called on GDL and Deutsche Bahn to return to the negotiating table to find a solution that benefits both sides and minimizes the impact on the public.However, Schell has remained resolute, stating
the strike is necessary to achieve a fair agreement for railway workers. "We understand the concerns of the public and the impact that the strike will have, but we cannot back down. We are fighting for the future of our members and the future of the railway industry in Germany," he said.The strike is set to begin at 2 a.m. on Monday, March 29, and is expected to continue until Tuesday, March 30, affecting both long-distance and regional trains across Germany.