Blockade of rail traffic in Germany, tomorrow a 24-hour strike by train drivers

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Train drivers of the German railway operator Deutsche Bahn will strike from tomorrow evening until Friday evening, the GDL union said.

The nationwide strike is likely to lead to the cancellation of thousands of rail journeys. The work stoppage concerns intercity and regional trains and suburban railways in Hamburg and Berlin.

Freight trains will also be stopped starting at 18 p.m., the union said.

The strike comes amid tense collective bargaining between the GDL union and Deutsche Bahn management over wages and working hours. The GDL is demanding shorter working hours for train drivers and a significant increase in wages.

Deutsche Bahn today called the strike call "irresponsible and self-serving" and accused the union of ruining the weekend for millions of commuters who had nothing to do with the negotiations.

"Instead of negotiating and facing reality, the train drivers' union is striking because of unfulfilled demands. This is absolutely unnecessary," said Martin Seiler, head of human resources at Deutsche Bahn.

This is the fourth strike by Deutsche Bahn employees this year.

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