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Fresh Strike Action at DB Hits German Rail Freight

(Stuart Todd – Lloyd’s Loading List)

A six-day strike called by German train drivers’ union Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer (GDL) is set to have a significant impact on rail freight services operated by Deustche Bahn (DB) subsidiary DB Schenker Rail.

The strike over pay and conditions, the eighth since last summer, follows the rejection by GDL of DB’s latest offer - a one-off payment to employees of €1,000 euros and a staggered 4.7 % pay increase. […]

Business groups in Germany, such as the National Federation of German Industry, have estimated that the current strike could the cost the economy up to €100 million a day, with sectors such as steel, chemicals and automotive manufacture – whose supply chains depend heavily on rail freight – hardest-hit. Click here to read more.