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Die Welt - Germany | 05/11/2014

Deutsche Bahn finally on strike again

After the failed wage negotiations between the train drivers' union GDL and the German railway company Deutsche Bahn, passengers are bracing themselves for a five-day strike. Hans Zippert, columnist with the conservative daily Die Welt, is delighted that now there's a real culprit for the annoying problems with Germany's rail service: "At last there's another strike at Deutsche Bahn. Many passengers had protested because it had been so long in coming. But as of Wednesday they will know who is to blame for trains arriving late, not running at all, or offering too little at their onboard bistros. It's because of the GDL, not technical difficulties. This time the GDL will be on strike for five days so that its chairman Claus Weselsky can once again appear on all the nation's talk shows. ... An emergency plan with very limited service has been put in place during the strike. So the malfunctioning of electronic reservation displays, the reverse order of cars on the platform and breakdowns in the air conditioning system cannot be guaranteed for the duration of the strike." (05/11/2014)

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