German labour court has moved swiftly to ban a nationwide four-hour planned work
stoppage tomorrow by German railway''s engine drivers on freight service amidst
concerns that the strike could disrupt passenger services at the height of the
strike could have been the first nationwide railway strike in Germany since 1992.
The GDL union,
which represents drivers of the government owned German railways, Deutsche Bahn
that carries over five million passengers a day, said it would appeal against
the injunction but would not resort to illegal action.
court in Nuremberg said it had taken cognizance of the possible economic consequences
of the planned work stoppage in deciding to grant Deutsche Bahn''s request to restrain
strike action could have cast a shadow on the government''s move to partly privatise
Deutsche Bahn through a 25-per cent divestment next year. Deutsche Bahn unions
have been concerned at the proposed privatization approved last month.
have also asked for a 31-per cent pay rise for its members.