German rail union says strikes from next week over payments

Warning strikes could begin hitting German railways next week if national rail operator Deutsche Bahn does not improve its latest pay offer, union said.

German rail union says strikes from next week over payments

Warning strikes could begin hitting German railways next week if national rail operator Deutsche Bahn does not improve its latest pay offer, rail workers' union Transnet said on Friday.

Transnet, the biggest of three unions representing Deutsche Bahn's 130,000 workers, said if the company did not make its staff a more attractive deal when negotiations recommenced on Wednesday, it would call for temporary stoppages.

"If Deutsche Bahn does not make big concessions, we'll strike," Transnet boss Alexander Kirchner told hr-Info radio.

Talks between Deutsche Bahn and union representatives this week have failed so far. The GdL train drivers' union, which brought much German rail traffic to a standstill during strikes in 2007, said it would not strike before February.

GDL is seeking a 6.5 percent raise for some 12,000 drivers, while unions Transnet and GDBA want a 10 percent hike.

Separately, warning strikes over pay by flight attendants at German airline Lufthansa led to the cancellation of 44 flights on Friday in Frankfurt airport, the country's biggest.

Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2009, 16:20
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