Six days of railway strike

Due to a railway strike, many trains will not run for six days from Wednesday. This was announced by the train drivers’ union GDL. As the union members are dissatisfied with Deutsche Bahn’s offer in the current wage dispute, they have called for a new round of strikes. Specifically, this concerns the period from Wednesday, 24 January at 2 am to Monday, 29 January at 6 pm. Freight transport will already be on strike from Tuesday evening. The railway wants to set up an emergency timetable. Up-to-date information can be found on the railway’s website and the DB Navigator app.
It is not possible to predict exactly which trains will actually be cancelled. SWEG trains, for example—such as connections between Sigmaringen and Stuttgart – will not be cancelled as the current wage dispute does not affect the company. However, SWEG points out that there may still be cancellations if DB dispatchers on strike prevent trains from running at all.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) would like to point out that travellers who wish to postpone their journey due to the strike can also use their ticket later – or travel on Monday or Tuesday. Deutsche Bahn’s passenger rights continue to apply: anyone arriving more than one hour late can be reimbursed 25 per cent of the ticket price. From two hours onwards, it is even half the fare.
The GDL is calling a strike for the fourth time in the ongoing conflict. The union is demanding that the working week be reduced from 38 to 35 hours with full pay compensation. The railway company rejects this. It recently offered to reduce working hours to 37 hours per week from 2026 with full pay compensation. Those who continue to work 38 hours should benefit from a larger pay rise in return. The GdL rejected this as a “sham offer”.


Bahnschienen um Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL/ Theresa Melnyk.


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