GDL and Go-Ahead sign forward-looking col-lective agreement

Berlin 05.07.2018 – In Berlin the Federal Chairman of the German train drivers’ union Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lomomotivführer (GDL), Claus Weselsky, and the Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH (GAVD), Stefan Krispin, reached consensus concerning the development of the collective agreement for Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland gmbH and Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg GmbH.

From left to right: Lars Jedinat, Consultant in the GDL Tariff Department; Eva Hyun Mee Bernstein, Head of Law/Legal Advisor GAVD; Claus Weselsky, Federal Chairman GDL; Stefan Krsipin, Managing Director GAVD; Vesna Ignjatovic, HR Manager GAVD; Lutz Dächert, Chairman of the Management Board GDL South-West District

The companies deliberately approached the GDL during the period in which industrial action is not permitted in order to conclude negotiations in the first half of 2018.

“We are very much looking forward to continued cooperation and a good working relationship with GDL,” says Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Germany. “We are proud to offer our employees a good occupational pension in addition to permanent contracts and a competitive salary. By signing the agreements, we are also pleased to have sent a positive signal to the market that we are indeed an interesting employer for train drivers, train personnel and other employees.”

The GDL was happy to comply with Go-Ahead’s wish for negotiations, as in its view a smooth and orderly transition is important when it comes to a change of operator: “Employees now have a clear view from early on as to how rates in the company will develop up to 31st December 2020,” Weselsky stressed.

Higher pay and greater planning possibilities

The agreement has parallels to other agreements that have been negotiated in the railway industry for similar periods of time. Alongside the already agreed 38-hour-week and occupational pension contributions amounting to two percent of the individual monthly salary, other aspects include:

  • the introduction of an improved salary structure for train drivers and conductors that is comparable to the market leader Deutsche Bahn,
  • general salary increases on 1st April 2019 and 1st September 2019,
  • the dynamisation of additional pay for Sundays and public holidays
  • the extension of the night work period from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. as of 1st January 2019
  • the introduction of the personal security plan “Mehr Plan, mehr Leben” [“More planning, more life”] from the 1st January 2019, and
  • the introduction of the joint association “Fairness BahNEn e.V.” from 1st January 2019

Future training at Go-Ahead

In addition, Go-Ahead will conclude a collective agreement for trainees, as from 2020 the company would like to train railway workers as transport and train drivers. Having concluded this collective agreement, Go-Ahead has once more provided evidence of its position as an employer committed to paying its staff competitive rates.

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