Regional train employees with Arriva in Groningen will not go on strike on Tuesday after all.
UPDATE: 4:18, Tuesday, May 7
According to the Arriva website, the planned strike on Tuesday will not be going ahead. Unions FNV, CNV and VVMC have rejoined negotiations, which means that the bus and train strike has been averted.
Original story below:
If the train drivers do go through with the strike, there will be no passenger trains on the northern rail lines between Groningen and Leeuwarden, Delfzijl, Eemshaven and the German city of Weener, according to NU.nl. NS trains travelling south with be running as usual.
Rail workers’ union VVMC is calling for train drivers to go on strike as part of the ongoing fight for better working conditions. Arriva had offered to raise the wages of all staff by 2.5 percent and drivers by 6 percent, but Dagblad van het Noorden reports that Arriva employees are campaigning to be paid the same amount as NS employees.
Bus and train strikes occurred nationwide last week, and the regional efforts are a continuation of those efforts. The Groninger Internet Courant writes that rail staff in Twente, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Utrecht may also carry out their own local strikes on Tuesday.