Netherlands -Ambulance workers on strike -October 19, 2015

Workers at Ambulancezorg Nederland (AZN) organised a series of strikes after talks over a collective agreement failed. The negotiations have been underway for over a year, but no agreement was reached. The ambulance workers are demanding a 2.5% pay hike over one year, more training and for workers over 55 years to be exempted from night shifts. But, the employer sticks to an offer of 3%, spread over two years. During the strike, ambulances remain available for emergencies, but scheduled patient transport is cancelled. The two parties have agreed to search for an independent mediator to lead the stalled talks.


For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at

News Archive