May 3, 2015 12:59 PM

German train drivers to start 5-day strike Tuesday

The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) A union representing German train drivers has called members out on a five-day strike starting Tuesday its longest walkout yet in an increasingly bitter dispute with the national railway operator.

The GDL union said passenger train drivers will walk off the job at 2 a.m. (0000 GMT) Tuesday and won't return until 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) on May 10. Freight train drivers will start their walkout Monday.

GDL and railway operator Deutsche Bahn are locked in a long-running dispute in which the main sticking point is GDL's demand to negotiate not just for train drivers but for other railway staff traditionally represented by a larger rival union.

During previous walkouts, Deutsche Bahn has kept a limited number of trains running on key routes but there have been widespread cancelations.


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