Monday 18 January 2021

Bus and train strike called off as unions agree deal on pay

Photo: Alfenaar via Wikimedia Commons

Buses and regional trains are expected to run as normal this week after unions and employers agreed an outline deal on public transport workers’ pay.

The FNV union halted a strike that began last week, affecting most bus routes and a number of regional train services, after saying they were close to an agreement with employers’ organisation VWOV.

The unions are demanding a 3.5 per cent pay rise for their 12,000 members as well as a number of measures to reduce the pressure of work, such as extra breaks.

More than 80% of staff took part in the strike, which had been expected to continue until Wednesday. Services run by Arriva, Connexxion, EBS, Keolis, Hermes and Qbuzz were affected.

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