Foreign Minister calls for suspension of strike in regional transport

Minister of State for Infrastructure Heijnen is urging the parties in regional transport to return to the table. And strikes must be suspended when talks resume.

Regional transport has been on strike for weeks, meaning there are significantly fewer buses, trains and trams. Trade still continues today. The conflict mainly revolves around wage increases and workload reduction. According to employers, the demands of unions are very high.

a lot of trouble

The secretary of state believes the measures will take “quite a long time”: “Strike is a fundamental right and I respect it, but unions and employers are not talking to each other right now about the interests of travelers because they are suffering so much. Heijnen also marks Wednesday, March 15, separately.

Strikes are planned again that day, but elections will also be held later for state legislatures and water associations: “I think the strikers really felt the fundamental right of everyone who wants to go to the polls and is important on public transport. for him.”

Union manager Marijn van der Gaag says the FNV thinks it’s also important for people to be able to vote. “We’re still studying how to resolve this.”


Both employers and unions said they would like to meet with a mediator to find a solution. Although Heijnen doesn’t think it’s his fault after all, he sees something in the mediator. He also does not want to interfere with the content of the demands of the unions.

A new series of strikes in regional transport began late last month after negotiations between unions and the public transport employers’ association (VWOV) stalled. The CNV and FNV unions said they would strike for a total of fifteen days in six weeks.

clean sheet

While both employers and unions would like to meet with a mediator, they both have different views on how to get there. The public transport employers’ association said, “If the unions stop the strike, the employers want to sit at the table.” “We can start with a clean slate. A prerequisite for us is that the agreements are affordable and viable.”

But unions require employers to make an offer first. “There is nothing more to talk about now,” says van der Gaag. “You have to have a logical plan first. Even if we don’t go on strike, regional transport suffers from staff shortages and absenteeism. There needs to be a solution to this,” he said.

Source: NOS