New rules: Railway board members will not receive any bonuses for 2023 - and after that only under certain conditions

The board members of Deutsche Bahn will not receive any bonus payments for 2023.

New rules: Railway board members will not receive any bonuses for 2023 - and after that only under certain conditions

The board members of Deutsche Bahn will not receive any bonus payments for 2023. “Deutsche Bahn has received more than 50 million euros from the federal government for 2023 from the electricity price brake. There will therefore be no bonuses for 2023,” said Martin Burkert, deputy chairman of the DB supervisory board and head of the railway and transport union EVG, to Deutsche Press agency. In addition to the group board, all boards of DB Regio, DB Fernverkehr and DB Cargo are also affected. The agreed bonuses for 2022 remain in effect.

According to the annual report, Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz is entitled to a bonus of more than 1.26 million euros for 2022. For the infrastructure director Berthold Huber, it is 699,000 euros in “variable remuneration”, as the bonus is called at the railway. For human resources director Martin Seiler, who is currently negotiating new collective agreements with the train drivers' union GDL, the bonus is 736,000 euros. According to EVG boss Burkert, the bonuses for 2023 would have been similarly high.

According to Burkert, the bonuses will be lower in the future because the calculation will be changed. According to the EVG boss, payments for achieving short-term goals will account for 20 percent of the total bonuses in the future. The much larger part for achieving long-term goals will only be paid out every four years.

The general goals include, among other things, punctuality, quality and the operating result of the railway. Individual goals would also be set for each board. “In order to achieve 100 percent of the target, HR director Seiler must, among other things, ensure that 86 percent of all trainees graduate,” said Burkert. Most recently the rate was 85 percent.

According to Burkert, the board member responsible for long-distance transport, Michael Peterson, not only has to ensure that the trains are on the tracks for his variable remuneration, but also that it meets quality standards. Specifically, for example, the toilets and air conditioning systems would also have to work.

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