After a series of highly damaging strikes and five weeks of arduous negotiations, national railway firm Deutsche Bahn and train driver union GDL reached agreement on Tuesday night on a new collective wage package.
The deal should hopefully end the numerous strikes, nine since 2014, that have wrecked the company’s reputation and cost the German economy an estimated €500 million and Deutsche Bahn itself €300 million.
The strikes affected cargo transport, hitting Germany’s key industries, such as car and machinery manufacturing. Passenger traffic suffered too as several trains were cancelled and delayed across the country.
“Thank God our customers again have planning certainty and can rely on Deutsche Bahn,” Ulrich Weber, Deutsche Bahn executive board member responsible for human resources, told reporters.