The Union of Railway Employees (EVG) has called off a planned 50-hour rail strike as the union and employers agreed a binding settlement.

The strike was due to start tonight (10pm) and last until midnight on Tuesday, but the two sides eventually reached a compromise, agreeing to “negotiate swiftly and constructively with a view to an early agreement”.

DB had previously taken the strike decision to court, with a competent judge saying he had serious reservations about the legality of the strike call.

“In the interest of the railway company, the customers and the industry, we did everything we could to prevent this strike and we did it successfully. Of course, both sides are always an integral part of a compromise,” commented German Railways (DB) head of personnel Martin Zeiler.

Despite the suspension of the protests, DB announced that the timetable may be disrupted, as changes had already been made ahead of the protests.