Metal and technology industry workers in Kolham, Zuidbroek and the city of Groningen have been registering for a 24-hour strike Monday, RTV Noord reports.
According to labor union federation FNV, the strike will be held in a specially designated ‘drive-through’ where the protesters will have a greater ability to socially distance.
Metal and technology industry employees will be striking for a better collective labor agreement for the third time. “We are surprised that this is necessary again,” labor union CNV negotiator, Anthony Williams, said. “This looks very strange considering the shortages on the labor market and the growing scarcity of technical workers. We have held relay strikes across the country before, but we have not seen the employers willing to come back to the negotiating table with a decent offer.”
A number of construction workers from building group BAM are planning to participate in the strike, too. The unions are demanding a pay rise of 5% but the employers are unwilling to pay more than 1.4%.