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) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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