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Warning strike and collective conflict on the Railways : What is the EVG trade Union to do?

worked Enough. Alexander Kirchner began in 1973 with 17 years training as a power plant electrician. Next summer he celebrates his 63. Birthday and goes in the fall in retirement. The Chairman of the railway and transport Union makes it the ECG, therefore, just rip right, because it is his last bargaining round? On Monday, the EDC put the rail traffic is largely at a standstill, today is re-negotiated.

the revolt of the trade Union of train drivers GdL under its Chairman, Claus Weselsky, but not the inconspicuous and gently operating the toe. Had labor disputes for the purpose of membership mobilization and advertising for a long time is not necessary, because with the 160 000 members it is much larger than the GdL with almost 34 000. But in 2010, as Kirchner took over the Job on the toe-tip, were there still 50 000 members.

The toe is much larger than the GdL

at the Time, the trade Union Transnet merged with the transport trade Union GDBA to toe. What's special about it is part of Transnet to the DGB, the GDBA to the officials of the Federal government. The EDC, in turn, is until today one of the eight DGB trade unions, while the train drivers of the GdL are located under the roof of the servants ' Federation dbb. Parallel to the merger process, the Weselsky to disqualify at the time as "a little Handicapped" tried, because two hinged unions got together, did the train driver becoming more and more aggressive. Not only against the employer but also against the competition Union electronic ballast. "No trade Union represents the interests of the Members of better than the GdL," proclaimed the small trade Union until today.

different type than Weselsky

Big mouth is one of the Image Weselskys, restraint, and prudence Kirchner. Both trade unionists are familiar with for a long time. In the first major labor action in the rail 2007/08, the a, Weselsky, the GdL Chairman Manfred Schell, the other, Kirchner, senior Advisor Norbert Hansen (Transnet). As Hansen then moved in the summer of 2008, the sides and head of personnel at the rail, advanced Kirchner to the top. And had to deal with the effect of the "treason" of Hansen to the Union.

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the strike Was relatively

This is history. Currently Weselsky looks amused at the warning strike of the competition, he can't really understand, is the railway but in the parallel negotiations with the two unions. A warning strike contract term had to be due to a couple of months?

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invest The question of the proportionality of any strike action. But if a few hours of limited warning strike bring half the country out of the rhythm and millions of people indirectly, the decision of the ECG has a different side effect of strategists: it provides those arguments, the challenge in the case of conflicts in the area of General interest, a restriction of the right to strike. This is certainly not in Kirchner's mind. But perhaps the brash appearance of the toe is also part of a competition for Kirchner's successor.

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