The public transport strike started today. FNV and CNV have called on members to strike for the public transport collective labor agreement, which applies to approximately 13.000 people. This despite a wage offer from employers of 8%. The national picture of the impact of the strike on the public transport collective labor agreement will become clear in the course of the day.
Regional transport will again strike nationwide from Monday, this time for five days in a row. Trade unions CNV and FNV report this after employers had not responded to their ultimatum. In the ultimatum, the FNV demands, in addition to a wage equal to inflation, several measures to reduce the workload. Employers in regional transport have reacted negatively to the ultimatum that FNV issued on behalf of the members last week and expired at noon this afternoon. In it, the union made demands about a new collective labor agreement, after negotiations on this had failed
Kagie indicates that the sector is under heavy pressure, and corona is not over. That is why it is not responsible to allow the costs of companies to rise even higher. The employers threatened in response to the ultimatum that the current collective labor agreement proposal will lapse if the unions go on strike. That means that both sides have to start negotiating again. The Association of Employers in Public Transport (VWOV) hopes that the unions will still want to consult.
The consequence of rejecting the ultimatum is that employees will take five days off work next week, starting February 6. “The drivers can now do nothing but strike to make themselves heard. They prefer not to do that, they prefer to transport their passengers. The fact that they do it anyway shows how serious the situation is,' says Van der Gaag. Due to the high inflation, the drivers barely make ends meet, according to the union. In addition, the work pressure is sky-high due to a shortage of personnel, as a result of which one in five drivers is ill, which leads to even more work pressure.
In the ultimatum, the FNV demands, in addition to a wage equal to inflation, several measures to reduce the workload. Van der Gaag: 'We want to make agreements about measures to reduce work pressure to counteract the increasingly tighter driving times. In addition, more regularity in the rosters should be considered, so that there is a better distribution of working and rest days. The proposals on further flexibilization of employees must also be scrapped. The rack is out'.