Strange scenes at Leipzig Central Station: Because the digital displays couldn’t keep up with the constantly changing departure times during the GDL strike, the railway had to get creative.
The strike of the train drivers’ union GDL is also causing stress in Leipzig. There are cancellations and delays on almost all S-Bahn and regional train lines in the city. At the same time, the departure times and tracks of the trains that are still moving seem to change so quickly that the digital display boards in Leipzig’s main train station can no longer keep up. That is why the railway has switched to announcing the departures by hand on a whiteboard. This is reported by the “Leipziger Volkszeitung”.
According to the newspaper, what is on the station’s electronic boards is almost never right at the moment. The rail strike on Wednesday also caused stress and displeasure among passengers in other major German cities. “I think it is completely wrong that we customers are taken hostage. That should not be carried out on the customer’s back,” complained about a passenger in Berlin. “I’m pissed off”, another complained at Cologne Central Station.
Train drivers strike for better salaries and working conditions
The union has been striking the freight traffic since Tuesday evening. On Tuesday, the GDL announced that it would also strike long-distance and regional transport nationwide for 48 hours from Wednesday at 2 a.m.
The train drivers are officially on strike for higher salaries and better working conditions. Among other things, they demand a corona premium of 600 euros and 3.2 percent more money in two stages. The railway wants to extend the increase after the corona losses over a longer period of time. Behind this, a dispute between GDL and the larger rail and transport union EVG is smoldering in the workforce about who ultimately negotiates the collective agreements with the company.