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Train drivers in Germany go on strike for better pay, bring railway service to a standstill

  • A train approaches to a train station as train drivers across Germany went on a three-hour warning strike to demand wage hike in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A train approaches to a train station as train drivers across Germany went on a three-hour warning strike to demand wage hike in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rail tracks are near empty at a station as train drivers across Germany went on a three-hour warning strike to demand wage hike in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Rail tracks are near empty at a station as train drivers across Germany went on a three-hour warning strike to demand wage hike in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rail tracks are empty with no trains running at a station as train drivers across Germany went on a three-hour warning strike to demand wage hike in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Rail tracks are empty with no trains running at a station as train drivers across Germany went on a three-hour warning strike to demand wage hike in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

A strike by train drivers across Germany has brought hundreds of long-distance and commuter trains across the country to a standstill.

The GdL union for train drivers called for a three-hour national strike on Saturday morning to put pressure on German railway company Deutsche Bahn in their ongoing wage negotiations.

The union said that up to 90 percent of trains across the country were brought to a standstill.

It demands a 5 percent salary increase for the drivers and two hours less work per week.

The German news agency dpa reported that stranded travelers were cuing up at information counters at Munich's main train station and that Deutsche Bahn employees were distribution coffee for free.