German chemical industry claims that frequent train strikes are damaging the economy


German chemical industry claims that frequent train strikes are damaging the economy

The chemical industry in Germany is expressing concern about the economic impact of the ongoing strikes by the train drivers’ union GDL in its dispute with Deutsche Bahn. Wolfgang Große Entrup, head of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), warned that these strikes are further burdening Germany’s struggling economy and emphasized the importance of finding a compromise after months of negotiations.

The GDL called for a 24-hour strike affecting long-distance, regional, and freight transport. Passenger transport strikes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 2 am, while freight transport strikes are set to start on Monday at 6 pm. This will pose a significant logistical challenge for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, as rail transport plays a vital role in the supply chain for raw materials and finished products.

The VCI highlighted the difficulties in compensating for the restrictions and delays in rail logistics caused by the strikes. On average, German chemical companies transport around 155,000 tons of chemicals daily, with 23,000 tons transported by rail according to 2022 data. This makes the rail strikes a significant concern for the industry and further emphasizes the need for a prompt resolution to the dispute to prevent further economic consequences.

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