Consumer watchdog calls for deal to stop strike

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15 June 2005AMSTERDAM — The Dutch consumer lobby group, Consumentenbond, calls for unions and rail operator ProRail to come to agreement in pay dispute to head off Friday's national train strike.

15 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch consumer lobby group, Consumentenbond, calls for unions and rail operator ProRail to come to agreement in pay dispute to head off Friday's national train strike.

An arbitration commission should be set up to settle the dispute over a new CAO pay and work conditions agreement, Consumentenbond wrote in a letter sent to both sides on Wednesday.

ProRail's 3,000 employees who operate and supervise the country's rail network are due to down tools on Friday in protest at the company's latest offer.

"Consumentenbond is seriously concerned of the implications of a strike for passengers," Consumentenbond director Klaske de Jonge wrote.

The impact on society would be great and passengers' confidence in public transport would receive a knock, De Jonge wrote.

ProRail had already offered to bring the pay dispute to arbitration but this was turned down by the FNV Bondgenoten union. 

Consumentenbond wants the Ministry of Transport and Waterways to come up with arbitrators to help come to a solution and prevent the strike.

Dutch rail NS has threatened it could may seek compensation from ProRail if the strike goes ahead.

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