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Strike negotiations yield no results as GDL talks break down

Strike negotiations have failed in Germany.

08 February 2011

Strike negotiations between German train driver union GDL and Deutsche Bahn have broken down, prompting industrial action from the latter party.

The representative group claimed it was left with no alternative but to defend itself after the employer refused to compromise on the changes to pay levels.

However, Norbert Quitter, deputy chairman of the GDL, told German publication Bild that he sought to avoid a repeat of the wave of strikes in 2007-08 but was not going to allow Deutsche Bahn to "make fools of us".

"The Bahn should not try to play the same game as in 2007-08," he said.

Deutsche Bahn responded with calls for more strike negotiations and called the warnings "exaggerated" and "inappropriate", the Local reports.

Two years ago, Germany faced widespread travel disruption due to industrial action from GDL, which combined with strikes at airports to frustrate the travel plans of many in the country.

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