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Germany: Deutsche Bahn and train drivers’ union GDL reach compromise on trade union representation
Planet Labor, 17 September 2021, n°12684 - www.planetlabor.com

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the GDL train drivers’ union have announced the signing of a new collective agreement, marking the end of a dispute that gave rise to repeated strike action. Signed on Thursday 16 September, the lengthy 32-month agreement provides for a 3.3% pay rise in two stages, as well as the payment of two so-called “coronavirus bonuses”. The two parties also reached a compromise as regards the application of the collective agreement unity law (Tarifeinheitsgesetz), which was at the heart of the dispute.

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