12 November 2010 16:49 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--Two major German rail unions have agreed with rail carrier Deutsche Bahn and six private carriers to appoint former defence minister Peter Struck as mediator to find a settlement and avoid a strike, they said on Friday.
Struck, a member of the opposition Social Democrats, would seek to mediate a deal by the end of the year, and until then there would be no further strikes, officials said.
The unions, GDBA and Transnet, were calling for an industry-wide collective wage deal that would cover both Deutsche Bahn and the private carriers, thus guaranteeing equal wages for all workers.
Commentators have warned that
The court’s ruling had opened the door to separate collective bargaining for various groups of workers - such as train drivers, air traffic controllers and doctors - within one plant or facility, thus raising the spectre of many more strikes.
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