Monday morning warning strike on the railroads

Monday morning warning strike on the railroads

"We are planning selective actions with nationwide effects," said union spokesman uwe reitz on sunday. "But we don’t want to paralyze the entire republic."

The railroad reacted with incomprehension. A company spokeswoman said it was absurd to strike now, when the current wage offer from deutsche bahn had not yet been negotiated.

The union spokesman declined to comment on the possible regional focus of the warning strikes. The railroads announced that they would try to minimize the impact on passengers.

Collective bargaining for the 130,000 railroad employees is to continue in berlin on monday afternoon. With the warning strike in the run-up to the negotiations, the union wants to emphasize its demand for more money.

According to reitz, the workers called on to join the strike include cleaners, shop workers and counter staff. Most locomotive drivers, on the other hand, are organized in the german locomotive drivers’ union (GDL).

The union had gone into the negotiations with the demand for 6.5 percent more money for a year. The employers, on the other hand, had offered a first step of 2.4 percent more pay this year and another 2 percent next year, as well as a one-time payment of 400 euros.

The union rejected this proposal as completely insufficient. "Our colleagues are furious about the employer’s unacceptable offer," said union vice president regina rusch-ziemba. "Our protest is a clear request to increase the present offer properly."

The railroad spokeswoman, however, called the proposals reasonable. "The strike announcements are completely incomprehensible and unacceptable in the light of the offer we have made."In addition to the two-step pay increase, a higher company pension plan is also planned.

Collective bargaining is also being conducted for the approximately 7,000 railroad workers employed by the six railroad competitors abellio, benex, hessische landesbahn, keolis, netinera and veolia. They have a common negotiation.

At the same time, the branch collective agreement for local rail passenger transport, which expired after two years at the end of january, is to be continued.

The collective wage agreement between deutsche bahn and the german locomotive workers’ union runs until july 30 of last year. June 2014. The 20,000 or so locomotive drivers received a pay rise on 1. July last year 3.8 percent more pay.