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Commuter chaos in Germany due to rail strike over pay

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BERLIN (AP) — A short-term strike by train workers Monday led to commuter chaos in Germany, with hundreds of delays and cancellations.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said the four-hour strike that began at 5 a.m. affected more than 1,400 trains nationwide, hitting long-distance traffic and also metro rail systems in Berlin, Munich, Hannover and Frankfurt.

The EVG labor union called the so-called “warning strike” to put pressure on Deutsche Bahn after wage negotiations broke off Saturday without an agreement.

A new round of talks is set to start Tuesday in Berlin.

EVG negotiates for some 160,000 Deutsche Bahn employees and also represents bus drivers and others.

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The union had been seeking a 7.5 percent pay rise, and has rejected Deutsche Bahn’s counter-offer of a package worth around 7 percent including a one-off payment and staggered increases over 29 months.

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