Collective wage agreements

Collective bargaining process 2020/2021 completed

In May 2020, DB Group signed the Alliance for Our Railway (2020 Integrated Report) together with the Federal Transport Minister, the EVG, the Group Works Council and the German Mobility and Transport Services Association (Arbeitgeberund Wirtschaftsverband der Mobilitäts- und Verkehrsdienstleister e. V.; AGV MOVE). Against this backdrop, we reached an agreement with the EVG on a comprehensive collective bargaining package in September 2020. In addition to regulations for moderate wage increases in 2022 and a period up to February 2023, the overall package includes numerous agreements on relevant topics for the future. After further negotiations, we reached an agreement with the EVG in October 2021 on additional obligations arising from collective bargaining agreements that supplement the agreements on the Alliance for Our Railway:

  • In 2021, employees will receive € 600 and a further € 500 in March 2022 as a Covid-19 bonus. Solutions have been found in the areas of extra pay, education, housing and mobility. For example, additional funds have been made available for employee mobility.
  •  The regulations apply in DB Group operations in which the EVG organizes the majority of employees in accordance with the German Collective Bargaining Agreement Act (Tarifeinheitsgesetz, TEG).
  • The collective wage agreements concluded by DB Group and EVG in September 2020 will continue to apply those operations. In addition to an increase in remuneration of 1.5% as of January 1, 2022, these also include extended protection against dismissal for employees. The agreements have a total term of 24 months to February 2023.

After several rounds of negotiations, we reached a wage agreement with the GDL in September 2021:

  • Remuneration will increase by 1.5% as of December 1, 2021, and by a further 1.8% on March 1, 2023. A total term of 32 months was agreed between March 2021 and October 2023.
  • As of December 1, 2021, employees will receive a Covid-19 bonus of € 600, € 400 or € 300 depending on the pay category. A second Covid-19 bonus of € 400 was agreed for March 1, 2022.
  • DB Group and GDL have concluded collective bargaining agreements for train staff and for the first time also for employees in the workshops and administration of the six train operating companies DB Fernverkehr AG, DB Cargo AG, DB Regio AG, DB RegioNetz Verkehrs GmbH, S-Bahn Berlin GmbH and S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH. 
  • DB Group and GDL agree that the TEG is the basis for the application of collective bargaining agreements within DB Group. Accordingly, in companies where different collective labor agreements overlap in their scope, the collective labor agreement of the trade union that organizes the most members in an employment relationship in the relevant company (majority collective bargaining agreement) shall apply.

The conclusions take into account the interests of passengers, employees and DB Group in equal measure. They include, among other things, a wage agreement that takes the damaging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic into account and acknowledges the commitment of our employees, especially during the pandemic.

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The share of employees subject to collective bargaining agreements remains virtually unchanged at a very high level.

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