Freight News, Rail

Talks continue to avert rail freight strike

[ March 29, 2019   //   ]

The TSSA trade union says it has held “constructive talks” with the chief executive of rail freight operator DB Cargo, Hans-Georg Werner to avert a strike. The dispute centres on what the TSSA describes as “offloading jobs to haulage company Maritime”. It says that Maritime is currently refusing to recognise its members’ right to retain their union status when they transfer.

German-owned DB Cargo is planning to transfer 16 jobs at its Trafford Park and Wakefield Terminals to a new joint venture with Maritime Transport on 1 April.

TSSA said also that its organiser was banned from visiting members at UK depots and locations. It added that it was prepared to take its case to the German Federal Parliament – the Bundestag – with the support of the SPD political party.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said however he hoped the two sides “can reach an amicable solution to this dispute…We had constructive talks during my discussion with Hans-Georg Werner. I am looking forward to developing these talks over the next few days.”