Employees in student and care transport will go on strike next week to get a better collective labor agreement. This is reported by the FNV. Where and when the strike will take place has yet to be decided.

The trade unions CNV and FNV had given employers an ultimatum until Friday 11.000 hours to prevent this, but according to the FNV they have not yet received an answer to their liking.

Higher wage The collective labor agreement applies to approximately 11.000 employees. The unions not only want a higher wage, but also a better arrangement in case of illness and good arrangements for breaks. The union members also demand that wages from now on rise in line with the prices in the shops. That would be this year 11, 5%. Employers offered 11 percent spread over two years.

Last remedy Meindert Gorter, director of FNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi: “Certainly in this sector, with very committed employees, a strike is a last resort. Ideally, the drivers would like to take their passengers safely from A to B, but they can no longer survive on their salary, wages are withheld for breaks that cannot be taken and if drivers become ill, they are not paid for a day and then are they 30 percent cut.”

Unrealistic demands The employers, united in Royal Dutch Transport (KNV), called the demands of the unions rather unrealistic. They would also cause a cost increase of 30 percent. The KNV said on Friday afternoon it was surprised by the action “on the back of the group that they say they want to help”. The employers find their offer, 8 percent in 2024 and another 4 percent in 2022, just really good. They stay there and wait.

Parents & Education, an organization for all parents of students, finds the strikes “wretched” for the affected children and their mothers and fathers. However, the club understands the dissatisfaction among the drivers. “You can actually be happy with the fact that they sound the alarm once in a while and put the problems in this transport on the map,” says Lobke Vlaming of the organization.

“Not an attractive job” According to her, the drivers mentioned have “not an attractive job” and that is why it is “not so strange” that there is a staff shortage. She refers, among other things, to hours that have to be worked awkwardly over the week.

Vlaming hopes that “something will be invented” to limit the consequences of the actions. The children in question are already having too much to choose from due to the shortage of staff, she says. For example, they are not picked up or are picked up too late, are on the road for far too long or sometimes even get lost.

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