TNT offers talks while postal workers strike

Postal company TNT has invited postal workers’ unions to meet on Friday in an effort to end the impasse over their wage demands.

The invitation comes on the second day of a new series of industrial action, which began yesterday in The Hague and affects Nieuwegein today.
TNT hopes the unions will attend the meeting to try and break deadlock. The CNV union says it would be impolite to turn down an invitation. ‘We’ll see how far we get,’ a spokesman told the AD, adding that industrial action will continue until Friday.
Postal workers want a rise of 3.5% in wages this year. TNT is offering 1.5% this year and another 1.5% in 2009.
A 30-hour general strike is planned for May 28.

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