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German Train Drivers Strike Again

German Train Drivers Strike AgainGerman Train Drivers Strike Again

Drivers for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn are on a week-long strike starting Monday, their eighth walkout in 10 months of wage negotiations, BBC said. The drivers’ union GDL called on train drivers to stop work from 15:00 local time for freight and 02:00 on Tuesday for passenger trains. GDL wants a 5% pay rise and the working week to be reduced to 37 hours from 39. “This strike is completely inappropriate and totally over the top,” Deutsche Bahn said. GDL also wants the right to negotiate on behalf of other employees including train stewards. A 43-hour strike last month led to the cancellation of two-thirds of Germany’s long-distance trains.