Railway union EVG makes new tariff demands

Released on 01.10. 1500

  • The tariff conflict at Deutsche Bahn continues to smolder. After the deal with the train drivers’ union GDL, the competing railway and transport union (EVG) wants to renegotiate with the group. Photo: Jörg Carstensen

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The tariff conflict at the railway is far from off the table. After the successful conclusion of the train drivers’ union GDL, the larger EVG is now also following up with demands.

Berlin (dpa) – The tariff conflict at Deutsche Bahn continues to smolder. After the deal with the train drivers’ union GDL, the competing railway and transport union (EVG) wants to renegotiate with the group To go to collective bargaining because we want to get a quick deal, ”said EVG boss Klaus-Dieter Hommel on Friday to the German press agency. “We want to restore peace in the company as soon as possible.” euros, improved benefits in old-age provision, an annual mobility allowance of 100 Euro as well as a higher contribution from the company to the joint social fund. In addition, the conclusion should apply to the entire workforce.

If the railway rejects negotiations or no result is achieved, the EVG will use its contractually guaranteed special right of termination of the existing collective agreement, said Hommel. This would remove the peace obligation, strikes would be possible.

The EVG had agreed on a collective agreement with the railway a year ago. Among other things, this provides for 1.5 percent higher wages and salaries 2021 and an employment guarantee for employees. Due to the high financial corona damage to the railway, the EVG had agreed to the comparatively moderate deal as part of an alliance with the group and the federal government.

The GDL, which competed with the EVG, had agreed not affiliated with this alliance and after three rounds of strikes this summer achieved its own conclusion that goes beyond that of the EVG and want to resume and conclude collective bargaining as soon as possible. “We need operational peace at the railway and therefore want to find solutions quickly with the EVG,” said Martin Seiler, Chief Human Resources Officer. “That means: We are ready to negotiate at any time.”

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