Dutch postal workers' strikes to continue
The latest strike planned is a 30-hour-relay strike which will begin on Monday at four TNT sorting centres.16 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch trade unions say they will continue to fight for a better collective labour agreement for workers at TNT Post.
On Monday, employees at four TNT sorting centres will stage a 30-hour-relay strike which will eventually end with a 30-hour work stoppage in Amsterdam on 23 May.
The strikes will affect deliveries across the country although medical post and bereavement letters will be delivered.
The unions are demanding a 3.5 percent wage increase but TNT is only offering 1.5 percent.
The company has also made a counter-offer of 3 percent but on condition that the unions accept a drastic reduction in secondary benefits.
The unions say that unless TNT agrees to their demands, a nationwide strike will take place on 28 May.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]