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Bahn customer threatens nationwide strike wave

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HB FULDA. In regional rail transport, there will be from late October to nationwide strikes. The unions Transnet and GDBA announced on Tuesday in Fulda, following meetings of their top boards. Reason is the stalled negotiations on a sectoral collective agreement. These are parallel with the Deutsche Bahn and six major private railway companies out.

The first strikes are the words of Transnet chairman Alexander Kirchner for 25 October week commencing planned. He did not name a precise date.

Transnet and GDBA want to implement a sectoral agreement for the employees of the regional rail transport. He is to income levels, which is now already for 90 percent of employees make mandatory for all employees. The aims of the private rail companies – and pay the established by the German rail subsidiaries, the lower wages.

The previous range of companies Abellio, Arriva, Benex, Keolis, Veolia Transport and the Hessian railway corresponds only 80 percent of wages, which would be paid at the railway transport subsidiary DB Regio, said Kirchner.