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3rd round of German rail strikes to hit goods traffic first

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1 Sep 2021 5:54 AM GMT
3rd round of German rail strikes to hit goods traffic first
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A third round of strikes to target German rail services in a pay and conditions dispute would start late on Wednesday, with passenger traffic to be hit from early Thursday, the German train drivers’ union GDL has announced. The strike, which would begin at 5 pm (1500 GMT) for goods traffic, was to continue up […]

A third round of strikes to target German rail services in a pay and conditions dispute would start late on Wednesday, with passenger traffic to be hit from early Thursday, the German train drivers’ union GDL has announced.

The strike, which would begin at 5 pm (1500 GMT) for goods traffic, was to continue up to Tuesday morning next week.

Passenger traffic would be affected starting early on Thursday.

Deutsche Bahn, the state-owned rail company, said it was working to prioritise trains in coordination with its customers in an attempt to get key goods to their destinations with as little delay as possible.

The Chemical Industries Association (VCI) said the strike was causing disruption and a rise in costs, with producers and customers working out short-term solutions with logistics providers.

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has expressed sharp criticism of the strike, called as industry recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The last strike ended a week ago.

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