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Strike at Deutsche Bahn – what those affected need to know now

2023-12-08T04:09:16.238Z

Highlights: The German Locomotive Drivers' Union (GDL) has largely paralyzed rail traffic nationwide with a 20-hour warning strike since Wednesday evening. Deutsche Bahn has asked its passengers to refrain from non-essential travel or to postpone journeys on Thursday. In long-distance transport, the Group expects the cancellation of more than 80 percent of all ICE and IC trains. In freight transport, consequences are also likely to be far-reaching. The GDL considered the warning strike necessary to enforce its demand for higher wages and shorter working hours.



Status: 08.12.2023, 04:53 a.m.

By: Kai Hartwig, Kilian Bäuml, Moritz Bletzinger, Robin Dittrich

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The GDL has announced a warning strike for Wednesday (15 November) and Thursday (11 November). However, Deutsche Bahn is accommodating passengers with an offer.

Update from November 16, 20:25 p.m.: The GDL's warning strike slowed down thousands of trains on Thursday. In some federal states, regional traffic in particular was almost paralyzed. "Our whole priority is to get traffic going again tomorrow, on this important Friday," said Deutsche Bahn spokesman Achim Strauss. Long-distance traffic should then also run reliably again, after the emergency timetable had only included just under 20 percent of the planned connections since the start of the strike.

While the GDL considered the warning strike necessary to enforce its demand for higher wages and shorter working hours, the railways considered it "completely unnecessary" and an imposition on rail passengers. GDL boss Weselsky, however, "does not want to be blamed for the fact that we are escalating." In his opinion, Deutsche Bahn did not want to negotiate weekly working hours and collective agreements for dispatchers – the warning strike was therefore unavoidable.

Update from November 16, 6:34 a.m.: On Wednesday evening, the 20-hour warning strike of Deutsche Bahn started. The airline has asked its passengers to refrain from non-essential travel or to postpone journeys on Thursday. "In all long-distance and regional traffic, there are massive disruptions due to the GDL strike," the railway announced early Thursday morning. If you still have to travel, you should inform yourself in the information media of the railway shortly before the start of the journey. The emergency timetable for passenger transport has started.

The German Locomotive Drivers' Union (GDL) has largely paralyzed rail traffic nationwide with a 20-hour warning strike since Wednesday evening. The GDL has announced the official end of the warning strike for 18:00 p.m. on Thursday. Deutsche Bahn assumes that there will be no regional train in some regions. S-Bahn traffic in larger cities is also affected. In long-distance transport, the Group expects the cancellation of more than 80 percent of all ICE and IC trains. In freight transport, the consequences are also likely to be far-reaching.

Warning strike of the GDL on 15 and 16 November: Train cancellations and delays threaten

Update from November 15, 9:05 a.m.: After the EVG had already gone on strike several times at the beginning of the year, the GDL has now also announced a warning strike at short notice. The Deutsche Bahn strike will begin at 15 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 22) and end at 16 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 18). During this time, many trains will be cancelled and longer delays are also possible.

Deutsche Bahn has drawn up a contingency plan for the strike and "is using longer trains with more seats to get as many people as possible to their destinations. Nevertheless, a ride cannot be guaranteed," explains Deutsche Bahn in a press release. An attempt will also be made to maintain regional traffic in a significantly slimmed-down form. However, it is still unclear to what extent this is possible.

GDL strike from Wednesday (15.11.): Tickets remain valid

Deutsche Bahn therefore advises to postpone train journeys if possible. "All passengers who wish to postpone their trip scheduled for 15/11 or 16/11 due to the GDL strike will be able to use their ticket at a later date," the press release continues. The train connection is lifted and an alternative route can also be used to get to your destination. Seat reservations can be cancelled free of charge.

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Passengers can find up-to-date information on the strike on the Deutsche Bahn website and in the DB Navigator app. In addition, there will be a strike hotline from Wednesday morning, which can be reached on 08000 99 66 33.

Another strike at Deutsche Bahn (DB): What those affected can do if their journey is cancelled

Original announcement from April 20, 2023: Frankfurt – The last major strikes took place in March – and already Deutsche Bahn (DB) is on strike again, according to a press release. The Railway and Transport Union (EVG) has announced a nationwide warning strike for Friday morning (21 April).

EnterpriseDeutsche Bahn
Employees300.000
Who is calling for a strike?Railway and Transport Union

Employees from all areas will take part in the strike. Therefore, it will have an impact on the entire German rail operation. Although the service is to be gradually resumed from 13:00 p.m., there may still be disruptions on Friday afternoon. Because of the short-term announcement, freight trains are also being hindered, causing backlogs. The effects of the strike are even expected until the evening. But what happens to travelers who have to take the train on Friday and may even have already bought a ticket?

On Friday (21 April), Deutsche Bahn is affected by another strike. (Symbolic image) © Carsten Koall/dpa/Symbolbild

At the request of IPPEN. MEDIA wrote to Julia Zeller from the Bavarian Consumer Advice Centre that passengers should check with the railway whether their connection is affected by the strike. If you are affected by a cancellation or delay, it is best to have it confirmed by a Deutsche Bahn employee or to document it yourself – for example, by photographing the scoreboard.

Strike at Deutsche Bahn: These reimbursements will be given to those affected

"Legally, the EU Passenger Regulation (EC) No. 1371/2007 applies here. If the train is cancelled and the journey is cancelled, the passengers will be refunded the entire ticket price. In the event of a delay of 60 minutes or more, passengers will receive compensation. This amounts to 60 percent of the ticket price for an arrival delay of 25 minutes, and 120 percent of the ticket price for a delay of at least 50 minutes," Zeller continues.

In addition, if the delay of a journey is longer than 60 minutes, the railway company must provide refreshments and meals free of charge that are proportionate to the waiting time, provided that they are available or deliverable on the train or station.

  • In the case of regular tickets, the train connection is cancelled as soon as the journey is delayed by at least 20 minutes due to the DB.
  • After 60 minutes, those affected are entitled to compensation of 25 percent of the ticket price and, if available, adequate refreshments and meals.
  • After 120 minutes, the right to compensation is 50 percent of the ticket price.
  • In the event of cancellation, the ticket will be refunded in full.

Another strike: What Deutsche Bahn is offering those affected

Deutsche Bahn is also offering people whose travel on Friday is affected by the strike to use their already booked tickets flexibly from now until April 25. This applies to tickets purchased by April 18.

If a seat reservation has been made, it can be cancelled free of charge, reports DB. If a ticket is to be refunded, this can be requested via the website, on site or via the DB app. During the last major strike, both the EVG and the Verdi trade union called for a strike, bringing buses, trains and even airports to a standstill.

Source: merkur

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