German train drivers begin 4-day nationwide strike
German train drivers are set to begin a four-day nationwide strike this week, setting the stage for a rail transport disruption in Europe's biggest economy, PressTV reported.
The German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) said on Nov. 4 that Deutsche Bahn train drivers would embark on the strike on Nov. 5.
In a statement, GDL said the strike would start from 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Nov. 5 for freight trains and from 02:00 (01:00 GMT) on Nov. 6 for passenger trains.
The union had earlier warned that its members would launch a 91-hour walkout if its demands were not met.
The announcement of a four-day walkout follows a failure in confidential talks between the union of train drivers and the country's railroad company.
On Nov.3, Deutsche Bahn said the closed-door negotiations with the GDL ended in failure.
GDL seeks a five-percent pay rise for 20,000 drivers and two-hour reduction of working hours per week.
The union has also demanded wage deals for nearly 17,000 train guards and other personnel.
In mid-October, GDL called for a 50-hour strike, halting two thirds of long-distance trains and leaving millions stranded at the beginning of weekend holidays.
Following GDL's industrial action in October, pilots at German airline, Lufthansa, staged a two-day strike, causing flight disruptions for thousands of travelers.