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Rail strikes have been cancelled

Union FNV has made the cancellation of this week’s strike action by traffic controllers after making an agreement with rail operator ProRail. 

The regional strike action was organized by the FNV Spoor union. The strike had the intention to demand a 2.8% rise in salaries, a wider application for an early retirement scheme, and a shorter collective labour agreement. 

In addition, the strike started on Wednesday morning aiming to continue on other days, and affect certain regions around the country, such as The Hague, Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Groningen etc. 

As NU.nl reported, the action on Wednesday caused a major mess in Utrecht, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, and Alkmaar. Travellers complained about the absence of the trains between 6 am and 8 am. But since the CNV and VHS railway unions have made an agreement, this strike will not proceed. 

Of course the members will have to vote for the new agreement,” FNV official Michiel de Boer said in a statement, “but strike action is definitely off.” 

Albeit, the details of the agreement have not been published yet, the deal has been reached on a new collective labour agreement.

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