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.