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    GDL fights for the rights of the locomotive drivers

August 16, 2007

GDL, the locomotive drivers' union in Germany is actually fighting for the rights of the german locomotive drivers.

Following the railway strikes held in July, the employer (DB) offered a 4.5 percent salary increase and a single payment of 600 euros. The offer was rejected by GDL but was accepted by the two other railway unions - Transnet and GDBA

GDL is demanding a separate collective agreement, along with a 31 percent wage hike for the GDL members. As this request was refused by DB, GDL balloted its members for further action. The outcome was that 95.8 percent of the union's members had voted in favor of going on strike again on august 9-th.

Meanwhile a German court has banned the planned rail strike by engine drivers after rail operator Deutsche Bahn sought a court injunction against it. The labor court in Nuremberg ruled that GDL can't strike until the end of September because industrial action during the peak summer holiday season would do major damage to the economy.

The GDL cancelled the strike but said it would appeal the ruling of the labour court. GDL Chairman Manfred Schell told the N24 television channel. "Of course we're going to appeal now. I'm astonished the court reached a decision without hearing the parties concerned".

FML fully supports the rightful struggle of our German colleagues for better wages. We hope that GDL, while appealing, will win the law dispute with the DB and that the fundamental right to strike will not be denied to the German locomotive drivers.


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