Germany: 20-hour rail strike leads to major disruption

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Germany’s rail system will be severely disrupted as the GDL train drivers union strikes, leading railway operator Deutsche Bahn to cut services.

Germany’s GDL train drivers union began a nationwide 20-hour strike on Wednesday evening until Thursday.

The labor action began at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) Wednesday evening and will end on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

State-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn warned of a “massive disruption” to services throughout the country.

Deutsche Bahn advised people to postpone their trips, with spokesman Achim Stauss saying Wednesday they expect “fewer than 20 of the ICE and IC trains” to run. They are the high-speed trains that connect major German cities.

The impact of the strike will vary regionally, with some regions bracing for a complete halt in regional train services.

The labor action comes as pay negotiations between the GDL train driver’s union and Deutsche Bahn break down.

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