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German train drivers go on strike
A placard announcing strikes at a Berlin train station
The dispute between drivers and company has been long-running
German train drivers have gone on strike over pay.

Freight drivers began a 62 hour strike at 1100 GMT, and are expected to be joined by passenger train drivers at 0100 GMT on Thursday.

Drivers' union GDL is demanding a 31% pay rise, but the national rail operator Deutsche Bahn is not prepared to improve on its current 10% offer.

The move comes as France is also suffering from industrial action that has halted public transport services.

The German government has appealed to both sides to return to negotiations to avoid "dangerous consequences".

Last week's 42 hour strike affected about 90% of freight services.

The current strike "will be a burden for an economy that is otherwise doing well", said government spokesman Thomas Steg.


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