The German Railway Union announces partial stoppages on Monday throughout the country



The German railway sector union EVG today announced the call for partial strikes across the country, between 0400 and 0800 GMT on Monday, which is expected to have a special impact on the populous "Land" of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the west of Germany.

German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) sources warned that the stoppages will "significantly" affect train traffic throughout the country and that alterations and delays will probably continue beyond those four hours marked.

The interruptions will affect both commuter trains, long-distance trains and freight trains, according to the union announcement.

The DB company has established a telephone information service, in addition to the existing one on its website, to inform those affected, who have been offered the possibility of advancing or delaying their trip without additional costs, in case of having purchased tickets to Rates in which changes are normally excluded.

The management of DB and representatives of EVG broke on Saturday morning the round of negotiations underway for the collective agreement of the sector, with about 160,000 employees.

The unions demand a salary increase of 7.5%, as well as the flexibility of partial work and holiday formulas so far established.

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