GDL strike on Wednesday January 24th, 2024

When: The strike by the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) begins on the night of Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 2 AM and ends on Monday, January 29, 2024, at 6 PM. For DB Cargo, the strike starts already on Tuesday, January 23, at 6 PM. It is the longest strike in the history of Deutsche Bahn ever.

Where: The strike affects all companies of Deutsche Bahn and City-Bahn Chemnitz.

What: GDL members are called to stop work to exert pressure in the ongoing wage dispute. The strike affects both passenger and freight traffic.

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

What can I do to prepare:

• Check the current traffic situation and train cancellations before starting your journey.

• Plan alternative travel routes or modes of transport.

• Consider the possibility of postponing trips or using virtual alternatives.

Background of the strike: The GDL criticizes a new offer proposed by the railway company, which the union considers inadequate. Despite the offer, the GDL decided to strike. The union demands a reduction in working hours to 35 hours per week with full wage compensation.

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

For more information and updates, please visit the Newsroom of the official Deutsche Bahn website.