Saturday 22 January 2022

Regional bus drivers prepare to strike over pay and pension demands

Regional bus and train drivers are planning a one day strike on Thursday unless the companies agree to talks on higher pay and improved pensions.

An ultimatum to bus operators from the FNV and CNV-affiliated transport unions expires at midnight on Tuesday.

‘If they do not agree to our demands for lower work pressure, higher pay and a healthier pension, the system will grind to a stop,’ spokesman Wilfred Jonkhout told the Telegraaf on Monday evening.

Employers organisation VWOV, which represents the regional transport firms, has urged the unions to take part in further talks on Tuesday. ‘This strike will have a major affect on travellers,’ a spokesman said.

Airlines

Strikes are also looming in the aviation sector, the Telegraaf said.

Transavia pilots have been without a collective labour agreement (CAO) for a year and the Dutch pilots association VNV is setting up a ‘crisis team’ to prepare action against the KLM subsidiary.

KLM pilots are already gearing up for action and the FNV trade union has announced a strike of KLM cabin staff next week, the paper said.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.