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Railway Workers and Germany's DB Reach Agreement After Strike

  • On Monday, railway workers held a four-hour strike to pressure DB.

    On Monday, railway workers held a four-hour strike to pressure DB. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 December 2018

Workers got a total wage increase of 6.1 percent and a one-time payment of 1,000 euros.

German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced Saturday it had reached an agreement with railway workers’ union EVG after a walkout that halted train traffic Monday.

Germany Faces Rail Strike After Wage Negotiations Fail

The agreement includes a 3.5 percent wage increase since July 2019 and an additional 2.6 percent increase a year later. The union and the company also agreed on a bonus payment of 1,000 euros (US$1,135).

The agreement was reached after rail workers ceased all work for four hours Monday, in a warning strike, bringing all traffic to a standstill.

The strike was organized after wage negotiations between DB and EVG failed last Saturday. EVG was demanding a 7.5 percent salary increase while DB offered an increase of 5.1 percent distributed in two increments and a one-time payment of 500 euros ($569). In final negotiations, workers succeeded in getting an extra percentage point increase, reaching a total of 6.1 percent and doubled the one-time payment. 

The deal puts an end to the threat of strikes that would have affected the Christmas and New Years holidays.

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