An end to bus strike in sight

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Trade unions and transport company officials are expecting to reach an agreement soon.

13 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch trade unions and transport company officials have held all night talks in an attempt to end a strike that has crippled regional transport for the last week and a half.

The TradeUnion Confederation FNV says it expects to reach an agreement with management but there has been no word of any progress so far.

During an emergency debate in parliament on Thursday evening, Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga told MPs that she was willing to meet some of the bus companies' demands.

Her comments appear to have given the negotiating parties a boost and an agreement seems likely. The unions announced that rush hour strikes will end on Friday, although the strikes will continue during off-peak times.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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