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EVG rejects tariff offer from Deutsche Bahn and calls for negotiations


The railways and the EVG could start another round of negotiations. Because the union has rejected the group’s recent offer as “insufficient”. Nevertheless, the EVG is striving for further talks and will rule out strikes until then.

The railway and transport union (EVG) has rejected the improved tariff offer from Deutsche Bahn as “insufficient” and called on employers to hold further talks on Wednesday. “Essential points of our demands have still not been met,” said negotiator Kristian Loroch. “What is currently on the table is socially unfair.”

The corresponding decision of the competent tariff committee was unanimous. “We are therefore asking Deutsche Bahn to adjust their offer accordingly and to continue negotiations with us immediately,” Loroch said. “We have invited our central wage commission to Berlin and can continue the negotiations from Wednesday.” That is in the interest of the group, “because as long as we sit at the negotiating table, there will be no strikes.”

Deutsche Bahn had made the offer to EVG to raise wages by up to twelve percent.

EVG insists on a term of twelve months

A statement from Deutsche Bahn was initially not available. The state-owned group submitted the offer to the union during negotiations last Thursday and asked the EVG to comment up to and including this Tuesday. The negotiations affect around 180,000 employees.

The railway had recently announced a 12 percent increase in salary for the lower wage groups. The middle groups should get a total of ten percent more and the upper groups eight percent. The first stage of the increase should therefore come this year. In addition, there is also a gradual inflation compensation premium totaling 2850 euros, which could be paid tax- and duty-free from this July. The term should be 24 months.

The union, on the other hand, demands a fixed amount of at least 650 euros per month more or twelve percent for the upper wage brackets. According to their ideas, the term should only be twelve months. EVG has so far strictly rejected one-off payments.

The railway was optimistic before the negotiations and promised a new offer.