Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – In the collective bargaining dispute at the railway company SWEG, the Union of German Locomotive Drivers (GDL) has interrupted its strike. This was announced by a GDL spokesman on Thursday. He left open whether the industrial action could be expected to continue in the coming days. The most recent strike started just after midnight on Wednesday.

SWEG stated: “After the strike, it will take some time before rail traffic is running normally again.” In addition, further work stoppages at very short notice must still be expected after the end of the strike. It is then possible for trains to stop on the route and fail.

The background is a collective bargaining dispute in which the GDL would like to negotiate a collective agreement for the more than 500 railway workers not only for the former Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg (today SBS), but for the entire SWEG group. The group has a total of 1800 employees. The SWEG rejects this and does not want to take over the SBS permanently. The Abellio daughter got into financial difficulties at the end of 2021. The company then took over the state-owned SWEG for an initial period of two years.