Rail union FNV Spoor has lifted the threat of industrial action after agreeing a pay deal worth 6.6%.
Talks broke down at the end of last month with the national train operator NS, leading the union to warn that it could take action including strikes early in 2024.
But after talks on Monday ran through the night, the two sides agreed a pay rise for the next 14 months worth a basic 4%, with a minimum increase of €240 a month.
FNV Spoor official Henri Janssen said the average pay rise would be 6.6% because of the minimum level, as the lowest paid staff will receive a higher percentage.
The union said it would be recommending the deal to its members, but strikes could still go ahead if they vote down the proposals.
“In terms of hard cash they might find it pretty moderate,” Janssen said. Everyone will get €240 gross extra, which adds up to an average pay increase of 6.6%.
“But tram and bus drivers in The Hague got more at the end of last year. They will probably look at that.”
The union said it had also negotiated better terms on travel expenses, meals and overnight stays away from home and a wider exemption from night duty for older staff.
The deal also includes better terms for working from home and the offer of a permanent job for freelance and agency workers after 18 months.
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