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Mass train cancelations are expected in Germany due to strikes: how to get a refund

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Mass train cancelations are expected in Germany due to strikes: how to get a refund

At the beginning of 2024, a significant number of strikes are expected in Germany, which may lead to inconveniences for rail passengers. Find out more about the algorithm of actions that will help you get compensation

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Train disruptions on German railways will continue in 2024. This was announced by members of the trade union representing the interests of German drivers, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.


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It is noted that the conflict between the union and the main national railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) regarding working hours and wages leads to indefinite strikes in 2024.


The GDL union, which represents German train drivers, had earlier announced a 24-hour shutdown of public transportation, causing serious inconvenience to trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. The strikes reflect a heated dispute between the union and DB over the working conditions of the drivers.


Although the union has indicated that strikes will not be held until January 8, 2024, their impact on rail travel is expected early next year.


The main demands of the drivers include a reduction in working hours for shift workers from 38 to 35 hours per week without a reduction in pay. An agreement with employers on this issue has not yet been reached. In addition, GDL is demanding a €555 per month pay rise and a one-time payment of up to €3,000 due to inflation.


Strikes on the railways could seriously affect passengers and lead to train delays and cancellations. Information about possible inconveniences is usually provided a short time before the strike starts or even during the strike. Here are some of the possible impacts of strikes on rail passengers:


- Train delays and cancellations: strikes can lead to unpredictable delays in train traffic or even to the cancellation of certain routes.

- Massive congestion: The increased volume of passengers trying to use alternative means of transportation can lead to massive congestion and overloading of other modes of transportation.

- Ticketing inconveniences: the process of buying and changing tickets may become more difficult due to the unstable operation of customer service systems during the strike.

- Price increases: increased demand for other forms of transportation may affect ticket prices and services of other carriers.

- Additional travel time: passengers may be inconvenienced and should allow for additional travel time, taking into account possible delays and complications.


In the event of a rail strike, it is recommended to follow the news and updates from the railway companies, possibly reschedule your trip to another time or find alternative routes and means of transportation.




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How can I get a refund if rail services in Germany are canceled?


If strikes have affected your trip and you want to get compensation, you should follow these steps:


 Check for "special arrangements" or exceptions announced by Deutsche Bahn (DB) that may allow you to reschedule your trip or leave earlier.


 If you have the option, consider postponing your trip and using a ticket for a later date. Check if there are any restrictions on how long you can use the ticket.


 If you decide not to travel, check the possibility of canceling your seat reservation for free. Some companies may provide such options during strikes.


 If your train is canceled, contact Deutsche Bahn for a refund. Usually, in such cases, a full refund is provided without penalties.


Please pay attention to official announcements and communications from Deutsche Bahn regarding specific procedures and compensation options during strikes.

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