Bus drivers enter third day of strike

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Bus drivers in large parts of the Lowlands continue to be on strike as their union reject a wage offer by the employers.

3 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Bus drivers in large parts of the Netherlands are on strike for the third day in a row.  

The trade union federation FNV has rejected a wage offer by the employers in regional bus transport.

The collective labour agreement dispute has already lasted several months.

On Sunday, bus drivers went on an open-ended strike after holding a series of customer-friendly industrial actions. Several provinces have now announced legal steps against the transport companies.

The unions and the employers have asked former minister Klaas de Vries to investigate regional transport.

De Vries says he wants to present his findings on Friday. His report is to provide a basis for further talks between unions and employers. The CNV trade union federation says De Vries will not mediate in the dispute.  

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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