- Title: Germany's train service back to normal after 4-day strike
- Date: 25th August 2021
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (AUGUST 25, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WHITE "ICE" HIGH SPEED TRAIN PULLING INTO BERLIN'S MAIN STATION, THE "HAUPTBAHNHOF" PASSENGERS CROWDED ON PLATFORM VARIOUS OF PEOPLE BOARDING ICE TRAIN RED REGIONAL TRAIN PASSING, SEEN THROUGH STATION'S WINDOW DEUTSCHE BAHN SPOKESMAN ACHIM STAUSS ARRIVING FOR STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (German) DEUTSCHE BAHN SPOKESMAN, ACHIM STAUSS, SAYING: "A lot of people have to get to work or to school and a lot of people can't switch to working from home. Yet others simply wanted to start their well-deserved holidays. GDL harms all these people with their irresponsible strikes." TRAVELLERS WALKING NEAR TRAIN SEEN THROUGH TRAIN STATION WINDOW (SOUNDBITE) (German) DEUTSCHE BAHN SPOKESMAN, ACHIM STAUSS, SAYING: "We are calling on the GDL to finally return to the negotiating table. A solution to this wage dispute can only be found through negotiations. We are seated at the table. GDL's seat is still empty." "BERLIN HAUPTBAHNHOF" WRITING ON WINDOW VARIOUS OF PASSING TRAINS, TV TOWER IN BACKGROUND
- Embargoed: 8th September 2021 13:38
- Keywords: Deutsche Bahn German railway end of strike economy impact spokesman statement
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
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- Story Text: Germany's train service was back to normal on Wednesday (August 25) after the GDL train drivers' union ended a four-day strike over a wage dispute.
GDL last Friday said its members would go on strike from Aug. 21 until Aug. 25, its second action within weeks.
The strike started at Deutsche Bahn's cargo business on Saturday and was extended to affect passengers from 2 a.m. (0000 GMT) last Monday.
"A lot of people have to get to work or to school and a lot of people can't switch to working from home," Deutsche Bahn spokesman Achim Stauss told reporters outside Berlin's main station.
"Others simply wanted to start their well-deserved holidays. GDL harms all these people with their irresponsible strikes."
Stauss called on the GDL "to finally return to the negotiating table."
A solution to the wage dispute could only be found through negotiations, Stauss added, saying "we are seated at the table. GDL's seat is still empty."
The train drivers, who went on strike from Aug. 10 until Aug. 13, would not hesitate to start holding strikes at busy weekends in future if Deutsche Bahn did not come up with a new proposal that satisfied their demands, GDL said last week.
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