Dutch Rail faces personnel shortage

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13 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — NS Reizigers, the company that runs most of the trains in the Netherlands, will have to take on hundreds more people when it introduces its new service schedule in December, say Dutch trades unions FNV Bondgenoten and VVMC.

13 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — NS Reizigers, the company that runs most of the trains in the Netherlands, will have to take on hundreds more people when it introduces its new service schedule in December, say Dutch trades unions FNV Bondgenoten and VVMC.

The directorate of NS Reizigers met a group of 200 head conductors on Tuesday to discuss the likely consequences of the new service schedule due to be brought into operation on 10 December.

"They’ll have to take people on, otherwise there’ll be trouble," said Wim Eilert, a manager with VVMC. He said Dutch Rail would have to create 350 fulltime jobs to ensure a smooth change-over to the new schedule.

Roel Berghuis, a manager with FNV Bondgenoten, estimated a somewhat lower figure. "I think that they’ll do it with an extra 270 people,” he said.

The new service schedule will see 200 more trains running every day, an increase of 4 per cent, the unions said. NS Reizigers plans to run the extra trains with no extra personnel.

"We estimate that we can introduce the new service schedule with our present personnel levels," a spokesman said. "We’re talking today with the conductors to find workable solutions, so that everything goes smoothly."

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