Staff on stand-by as train strike looms

16th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Dutch rail NS has announced it is keeping some of its staff on stand-by in case Friday's strike by rail network workers does not go ahead or peters out early.

16 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch rail NS has announced it is keeping some of its staff on stand-by in case Friday's strike by rail network workers  does not go ahead or peters out early.

NS said it had made arrangements for about 7,000 drivers and conductors to report for work. They will be able to provide a standard train service if the ProRail strike is called off at the last minute. NS has given the day off to non-essential staff, many who travel to work by train.

Commuters have been warned national and international trains will not run if the industrial action goes ahead. Bus company Connexxion warns its passengers to expect packed services but several bus operators have additional additional buses to cope with increased numbers.

Meanwhile an attempt by consumer watchdog Consumentenbond to get rail network operator ProRail and the trade unions to return to talks do not appear to have succeeded.

ProRail and unions are locked in a conflict over a new CAO pay and conditions agreement.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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