Netherlands - Public transport deal might be controversial - August 31, 2018

Trade unions and employers agreed a deal in principle on public transport workers’ pay. The trade unions suspended a strike that affected most bus routes and a number of regional train services, after saying they were close to an agreement with employers’ organisation VWOV. The unions asked a 3.5% pay increase for their 12,000 members as well as a number of measures to reduce work pressure, such as extra breaks. The draft deal, running from 1 January 2018 to 1 July 2020, includes a 2.5% pay increase on 1 August 2018, 1.5% on 1 January 2019, 2% on 1 August 2019 and 1.5% on 1 January 2020. Moreover, an on-off payment is paid on 1 august 2018 (550 euro) and 1 January 2020 (100 euro). The deal that is seen as controversial has to be presented to the union members for approval.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer © ETUI


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