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German passengers face chaos as train drivers strike

Sumel Sarker

Passengers wait for a regional S-Bahn train at the central train station in Munich, southern Germany, on November 6, 2014. German train drivers extended their unprecedented strike action on November 6, 2014 to passenger services in a thorny labour dispute, causing major travel disruption across the country.  AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOF STACHE

German passengers face chaos as train drivers strike

20 May 2015, Nirapad News: German rail travel was paralyzed on Wednesday by an open-ended strike, the ninth stoppage in less than a year, as the government prepares a law to stop small unions from bringing entire sectors to a standstill.

Railways operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) said it cancelled two-thirds of long-distance passenger services on Wednesday as train drivers staged a new walk-out that was expected to last more than a week.

The strike, the latest flare-up in a protracted and increasingly bitter dispute, had begun on Tuesday, initially affecting freight services, but was extended to passenger services from 0000 GMT on Wednesday.

Drivers’ union GdL has not said how long the strike would last, only that it would be longer than the six-day industrial action at the start of May.

It has said it would give 48 hours’ notice when the strike will end.

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