“Gordian knot untied” – Deutsche Bahn reaches an agreement with the GDL

Berlin (dpa) – After the wage negotiations between Deutsche Bahn and the train drivers’ union GDL were concluded, those involved were relieved. “The Gordian knot has been resolved,” said Bahn Personnel Director Martin Seiler.

The bridge between customers, employees and the company has been successfully built. Union chief Claus Weselsky spoke of a good compromise. “The pension is safe,” he said with a view to an agreement on company pensions. “I feel good,” said Weselsky.

Also involved in the agreement were the Prime Ministers of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, Daniel Günther (CDU) and Stephan Weil (SPD). You want to present the results with the collective bargaining partners in Berlin in the morning. “In the end there is now a result that is supported by all those involved,” Günther was quoted in a statement.

Deutsche Bahn and GDL agreed on wage increases of 3.3 percent for employees. As of December 1 2021, salaries will initially rise by 1.5 percent, then on March 1 2023 by a further 1.8 percent, as both sides announced on Thursday.

On December 1, employees will also receive a corona bonus of up to 600 euros, depending on the wage group. On March 1st 2022 another corona premium of uniform 400 euros is to flow.

The GDL therefore agreed to the planned one Restructuring of company pension schemes; the previous system of the additional pension will only be continued for existing employees from 2022, it said. For the first time, the GDL is also concluding collective agreements for employees in workshops and administration, but not for the infrastructure, in addition to train personnel Union has the majority in the respective railway companies. According to the Unified Collective Bargaining Act, this depends on which collective bargaining agreement is applied. The GDL has the majority in 16 of the approximately 300 railway companies, in 71 Operational it has yet to be determined.

After three strikes, there is no longer any threat of further labor disputes by the train drivers. However, the larger rail union EVG announced on Thursday that it would now, in turn, present the company with a catalog of demands. Dieter Hommel, the chairman of the Railway and Transport Union (EVG) of the German Press Agency. But that happens calmly and without hectic. “If there is a deal with the GDL, we take note of it and will evaluate it.”

The EVG had already reached an agreement with the Deutsche Bahn last year; However, it includes a special right of termination in the event that another union gets more out of it. The EVG criticized the fact that the Prime Ministers were involved in the negotiations with the GDL. “That is a blow to the office of collective bargaining autonomy,” said Hommel.

He also stated that the basis of the “Alliance for our railways” concluded last year with the federal government and the company had been withdrawn.

In August and September the GDL members i In the passenger and freight traffic, stopped working three times for several days. Millions of commuters and vacationers were affected by train cancellations and delays. The railway put an emergency schedule into effect. There were also obstacles in freight transport.

A sticking point in the collective bargaining conflict was the question of who the new contracts should apply to. So far, the GDL has negotiated for train drivers and train attendants. But she also called for general collective agreements for employees in the workshops and in the infrastructure as well as for trainees. The railway now agreed to review the scope of the GDL tariff regulations in today’s GDL majority companies.

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