"Too few new personnel are being trained at the moment," criticized claus weselsky, head of the german locomotive drivers’ union (GDL), in the "wirtschaftswoche" newspaper. "The railroad is already short about 500 locomotive engineers, and the industry as a whole is short about 800."
Railroad rejects criticism from union. The company has significantly increased the number of jobs and will continue to do so in the future, a spokeswoman stressed. In 2011, the railroad had increased the number of trainees by a quarter (about 3500) compared to the previous year.
The spokeswoman referred to statements made by personnel director ulrich weber at the end of the year. The manager had said that by the end of november, more than 4,000 employees had been added to the bottom line, bringing the domestic workforce to 193,500. About 1,600 new full-time employees have been recruited for maintenance and passenger services, according to the report. In addition, about 400 locomotive drivers came to the railroad new. "We want to continue to hire or train 5,000 to 7,000 new employees a year," the manager had said.
The trade unionist had also criticized in the newspaper that instead of providing sufficient training, the railroad companies were poaching each other’s personnel. "There are meanwhile head premiums up to 5000 euro paid."The question of where the new people for the railroads are to come from is also completely unresolved, the GDL boss emphasized. From 2013 on, the number of employees retiring will rise steeply. In addition, deutsche bahn will have to replace around 70,000 employees over the next ten years, simply because of fluctuation within the company.
The GDL is currently negotiating a future collective agreement with the railroads. One of the issues at stake is the working conditions of employees. On 8. February is planned the next meeting in berlin. "So far, the railroad’s drafts are very flowery, they are largely political declarations of intent," weselsky said about the state of negotiations.