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Employees at Deutsche Bahn get more money

The railway agreed on a new collective agreement with the union. Photo: dpa / Silas Stein

Agreement in the collective bargaining of Deutsche Bahn: Despite the corona crisis and billions in losses, employees should get more money. But the wage and salary increases are likely to be lower than in previous years.

Berlin – After weeks of wrangling, Deutsche Bahn and the Railway and Transport Union (EVG) are in agreement on their collective bargaining. Both sides agreed on moderate wage and salary increases on Thursday, as the union and group announced. Exact numbers were initially not known. During the negotiations, both sides had agreed on a corridor of 0.5 to 1.5 percent more wages. The EVG recently asked for 1.5 percent more money for the employees. The negotiating partners want to present details on Friday morning.

“Our collective agreement protects employees at DB AG from the effects of the corona pandemic until the beginning of 2023. That was exactly our goal ”, announced the designated EVG chairman, Klaus-Dieter Hommel, on Thursday.

No redundancies for operational reasons

For Deutsche Bahn, the agreement is a “balanced deal”, according to a statement in the evening. Personnel director Martin Seiler announced: “In times of downsizing or short-time work in the German economy, the agreement is a common signal of responsibility.”

According to the EVG, the tariff package excludes operational dismissals for the entire term. In addition, employees with children have the option of taking up to 50 days off for childcare. It is 100 days for single parents.

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The collective bargaining negotiations brought forward due to the Corona crisis also addressed the question of how around two billion euros can be saved in personnel by 2024 without endangering Deutsche Bahn’s hiring campaign.

In May, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU), the board of directors of the state-owned DB AG, the EVG and the group works council in the “Alliance for our Railways” agreed that there should be no downsizing and no end to ongoing recruitment. This year alone, Deutsche Bahn wants to gain 25,000 new employees. According to Deutsche Bahn, a job offer has already been made for around 21,000.

Big losses

However, the group suffered billions in losses in the corona crisis, some of which are offset by the federal government. But the company must also cut costs.

The increase in wages and salaries will now be correspondingly small. Last week, the union committees demanded 1.5 percent more wages and thus the upper end of a range that both sides had previously agreed on. In the previous collective bargaining agreement two years ago, the union had achieved a pay increase in two stages of 3.5 percent and 2.6 percent. Now the jump should be much smaller.

It remains to be seen whether there is also a tariff package with the train drivers’ union GDL. In Germany alone, Deutsche Bahn employs almost 215,000 people.

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