02 January 2014 15:04 [Source: ICIS news]
Strike action by GDL has disrupted German chemical and freight rail traffic in the past.
GDL head Claus Weselsky called on Deutsche Bahn to provide additional insurance protection for train drivers, and he wants the company to deploy drivers near their place of residence, rather than transferring and deploying them across the country.
A Deutsche Bahn spokesperson called the demand “completely incomprehensible” as train drivers already enjoyed “top protection”.
In a related interview with a regional newspaper Saarbrucker Zeitung, Weselsky also criticised a proposal by
The government under Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to enshrine in law a principle, “Tarifeinheit”, which stipulates only one collective bargaining deal per plant. The principle would strengthen bigger unions while weakening smaller professional interest groups and unions – such as doctors, air traffic controllers or train drivers – in their dealings with employers.
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