Rail strike underway in Germany – Deutsche Bahn advises against traveling

Rail strike underway in Germany – Deutsche Bahn advises against traveling

Thu, Nov 16th 2023

Following the start of a 20-hour warning strike, Deutsche Bahn has asked its passengers to refrain from non-essential travel or postpone journeys this Thursday. Train connections within Switzerland are not affected by the strike.

Two logos of the ‘Deutsche Bahn’ (German Railroad) are pictured at the main train station in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. A labor union representing more than 200,000 railway workers in Germany says it is cancelling plans for a two-day strike after employers met one of its key demands. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

“There will be massive disruptions to all long-distance and regional services due to the GDL strike,” announced Deutsche Bahn early on Thursday morning. Anyone who still has to travel should check the rail information media shortly before starting their journey. The emergency timetable for passenger services has been launched.

The German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) has largely paralyzed rail traffic nationwide with a 20-hour warning strike since Wednesday evening. The GDL has announced the official end of the warning strike for 6 p.m. on Thursday. Deutsche Bahn assumes that no regional trains will be running in some regions. S-Bahn services in larger cities will also be affected. In long-distance traffic, the company expects more than 80 percent of all ICE and IC trains to be canceled. The consequences for freight traffic are also likely to be far-reaching.

This is the GDL’s first industrial action in the ongoing wage dispute. It is demanding an increase of 555 euros per month and an inflation compensation bonus for a period of twelve months. As a core demand, it also wants a reduction in working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours per week with full wage compensation. Deutsche Bahn describes this as unachievable.

Replacement trains in Switzerland

SBB is running replacement trains within Switzerland due to the strike in Germany. These will run from the border to the northern neighboring country or as far as there. Accordingly, there will be no train cancellations within Switzerland, SBB media spokeswoman Jeannine Egi told the Keystone-SDA news agency on Thursday.

However, most international connections to and from Germany have been canceled since Wednesday evening, according to Egi. However, according to current information, night trains should be running again from Thursday evening.


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