Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rail and ballast supposedly “close to a breakthrough” –

Date: 05/27/2015 10:58 clock

Nine rounds strike, thousands fancy trains, countless angry customers: For months the wage dispute stops at the railway the country in suspense. Today there could be an agreement at least with the EDC. In conflict with the GDL, meanwhile, begins the arbitration.

In the wage dispute in the railways have started perhaps decisive negotiations with the railway union ECG morning. “We feel that we are close to a breakthrough,” said EDC Chefverhandlerin Regina Rusch-Ziemba just before the start of the conversation in Berlin.

Also DB executive Ulrich Weber showed to be realistic. “The goal is to bring the negotiations with the ECG to a good result today,” said Weber, who emphasized, however, that the talks “once more difficult” would

The train had last offered, in between steps to raise wages by 3.4 percent and 1.5 percent; that is not enough of the EDC but. If there is no agreement today, wants the EDC “in the next few days” on strike, said EDC Chief Alexander Kirchner


start parallel to the negotiations with the EDC today the conciliation talks between the train and the train drivers’ union GDL. Mediators are the Thuringian Minister President Bodo Ramelow (left) and former Prime Minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck (SPD).

Ramelow is optimistic about the talks. “This will be a rocky road, but I am confident that the mediation will be successful,” he told the “Rheinische Post”. “All problems can be solved.”


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