In the collective bargaining dispute at Deutsche Bahn, the railway and transport union (EVG) has rejected an initial offer from the group. The negotiations resumed on Tuesday in Berlin will not be continued by the union on Wednesday, it said at noon.
"The EVG sees in the documents submitted by the employer no basis to enter into negotiations," it said. "The paper that was finally presented to us late Tuesday evening does not deserve the name offer, that snubs our colleagues and that is unacceptable." The talks had been postponed by the EDC until the next official hearing on 24 and 25 April.
The Deutsche Bahn (DB) criticized the rejection of the offer as "incomprehensible". Central demands of the EDC had been addressed. The company called on EVG to "continue negotiations in a timely manner". From the point of view of Chief Human Resources Officer Martin Seiler, the agreed next date at the end of April is too far away in view of the justified expectations of the employees: "We are always ready to continue negotiations at an earlier date."
EVG wants at least 650 euros more salary
In the negotiations, the EVG is demanding at least 180 euros more pay for 000,650 employees. In the case of higher fees, it wants to achieve an increase of twelve percent over a term of twelve months. It also calls for structural changes in collective agreements. The railway had rejected the demands as clearly too high. From their point of view, these amount to increases of around 25 percent.
After initial talks at the end of February, both sides continued negotiations on Tuesday in Berlin. The railway had submitted an offer, which also included the topic of minimum wage.