Talks on a new pay deal for bus drivers continued on Friday afternoon but negotiators told news agency ANP they were nearing agreement.
‘It is a step by step approach,’ said a spokeswoman for the bus companies Connexxion, Arriva and Veolia. ‘They are still talking but I have no idea how long it will take.’
Early this morning, a union spokesman said the talks were difficult, but were making progress.
On Friday drivers continued to strike but did resume rush hour services. By 5pm it was not clear if Saturday services would also be affected.
On Thursday, junior transport minister Tineke Huizinga said she would hold talks with the provincial authorities about bus service funding. The government has made available some €1.7bn this year to subsidise bus services, which is administered through the provincial councils.
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