Groningen and Appingedam bus drivers are set to take part in a strike in a dispute over pay and working conditions, reports RTV Noord.
Dozens of Qbuzz drivers at northern garages will not sign on for their shifts for one day this week.
The protest action follows a strike that took place on May 11 in Oude Pekela, Stadskanaal and Emmen. Over the past several weeks, a wave of industrial action hit Twente, Venlo, Den Bosch and other Dutch cities with bus driver strikes causing headaches for commuters and passengers.
The FNV labor union said there will be a one-day strike in the two northern cities on Wednesday, June 1.
Drivers have been offered a 2,8% pay rise by Qbuzz which the FNV say is “insufficient” as inflation is currently at around 9.6%.
FNV regional officer Edwin Kuiper said: ““Our members believe that the increased cost of living should be better compensated.” The union members also demand the company take measures to reduce of the drivers’ workload.
From Tuesday, daily worker strikes are planned in several cities. “The drivers will continue to strike until until this dispute is resolved and the bus drivers receive a collective labor agreement that ensures better wages and lower work pressure,” Marijn van der Gaag, FNV regional secretary, said.
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