Growing resistance to sellout arbitration recommendation by German rai…

Growing resistance to sellout arbitration recommendation by German rai…

There is growing anger and resistance among rail workers against the sellout that the EVG rail union is preparing with the results of its recent arbitration with the Deutsche Bahn (the German rail company). The latest WSWS articles on the arbitrator’s ruling were read by tens of thousands and widely shared by workers on social media and among their colleagues. Individual local and company groups of the EVG published statements calling for rejection of the arbitration offer.

EVG and Verdi demonstration, March 27, 2023 in Leipzig

Many rail workers contacted the WSWS in recent days to help build the rank-and-file committee that will begin its work at the online meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and to which all who want to prevent the sellout by the EVG leadership are invited.

WSWS reporters have been discussing the arbitration outcome with workers outside rail operations and EVG informational events over the past week. “It is good that you are promoting a strike and against the arbitration result. We cannot allow a sellout,” was the typical reaction of a worker outside the Rummelsburg depot in Berlin.

“At the DB Netz Werk Oberbaustoffe Witten works, everyone got a copy of the article. And very many are of the same opinion that it can’t work this way,” reported another worker.

Jens, a worker from the Rummelsburg plant, whom WSWS reporters met in front of an EVG-Berlin information event, reported, “Our department from the workshop is completely against it. It’s too long, we have no staff and wages are not rising at all. … Here in Rummelsburg, we said that when the arbitration result comes in, we’ll quit the EVG.”

The EVG does not represent the interests of its members. Hansen is “the best example.” Norbert Hansen (Social Democrats, SPD) was chairman of the Transnet union, the predecessor of EVG, until 2008 and was responsible for numerous derisory wage agreements. He first sat on the supervisory board of Deutsche Bahn and was later appointed its head of human resources.