GDL strike on Wednesday January 10th, 2024

When: The strike by the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) starts on the night of Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 2 AM and ends on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 6 PM. However, the strike at DB Cargo begins earlier, on Tuesday, January 9, at 6 PM.

Where: The strike affects Deutsche Bahn AG, Transdev, and City Bahn Chemnitz.

What: GDL members are called to cease work to exert pressure in the ongoing wage dispute. The strike in passenger transport starts later to not disrupt an important conference of the German Civil Service Federation, of which GDL is a member.

What impacts are expected: The strike is likely to lead to significant disruptions in train services. Travelers should expect delays and train cancellations.

How can I prepare:

• Check the current traffic situation and train cancellations before traveling.

• Plan alternative travel routes or means of transportation.

• Consider rescheduling trips or using virtual alternatives.

Background of the strike: The GDL criticizes that the railway company did not use the Christmas peace period to come up with a negotiable offer in response to the union’s demands. Despite a new offer from the railway on Friday, the GDL decided to strike after securing the approval of its members for indefinite strikes before Christmas.

The GDL and its members demand better working conditions and compensation as part of the ongoing wage dispute.