D.GB boss Reiner Hoffmann has criticized the behavior of the GDL in the rail strike and asked the train drivers’ union to return to the negotiating table. “What we see critically is that here a professional group like the train driver asserts its particular interests against the general interests of all other railway employees,” said Hoffmann of the newspaper Rheinische Post on Saturday. The GDL belongs to the German Confederation of Civil Servants (dbb) and not to the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).
“The groups of employees in a company must not be played off against each other,” said the DGB boss. Although the differences between the union and the railway are not very big, GDL boss Claus Weselsky refuses to return to the negotiating table. “Essentially, GDL boss Weselsky is about maintaining his union and expanding its sphere of influence in order to win more members in this way,” said Hoffmann.
“The GDL is about pure survival”
So far, the GDL is only able to negotiate collective agreements in 16 of the more than 300 railway companies, the larger DGB transport union EVG is responsible for all others. “With Mr. Weselsky and the GDL it’s about pure survival,” said the DGB boss. It is up to the two unions to conclude a collective agreement with the railways.
The union of German locomotive drivers (GDL) wants to continue the strike at Deutsche Bahn after a victory in court until the planned end on Tuesday at 2 a.m.