Mediator wanted in bus conflict

19th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Deputy transport minister is asking for a mediator to intervene in the conflict between regional bus companies and the unions.

19 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Deputy Transport Minister Tineka Huizinga wants a mediator to intervene in the conflict between regional bus companies and the unions.

She is disappointed that Saturday's talks failed to arrive at a solution, in spite of an offer by employers to pay a ‘13th month’ each year, as well as a 12% pay rise spread over the next three years.

In exchange the employers wanted bus drivers to give up seventeen days of their annual paid holiday. The unions, however, rejected the offer.

The bus drivers want higher wages and are refusing to give up a fifteen-minute daily break, but the employers will not agree to their terms. As a result, regional bus drivers will go on strike again this week.

The unions have called on employers to come up with new proposals. If pay talks fail next week, they will strike for an indefinite period in two weeks time.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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