KNV Care Transport and Taxi calls on FNV to stop organizing strikes in student and care transport. The strikes are counterproductive, damage the image of the industry and cause stress and inconvenience to vulnerable travelers who use healthcare transport. KNV chairman Bertho Eckhardt about the strikes: ‘ Striking is a right and I do not dispute that, but I do question a strike when there is a collective agreement. Hopefully FNV will come on board again.’
Last Tuesday, KNV Care Transport and Taxi and CNV Vakmensen concluded an agreement on a new collective labor agreement. The new collective labor agreement must take effect on 1 January and has a term of one and a half years. Central to the collective labor agreement is a wage increase of 8% and with effect from 1 January and another 4% with effect from 1 January 2024. The continued payment in the event of illness will also change and the break arrangement will be adjusted.
Consequences of strikes limited nationally, but there was nuisance in some regions
Nationally, less than 2% of the staff went on strike. The consequences of the strike were therefore not too bad, although there were regional differences. Due to good communication with clients and users, the nuisance could often be kept to a minimum. Where larger groups of employees went on strike, rides were cancelled. The strike went off without incident. The fact that the strike was not too bad from a national perspective does not alter the fact that the cancellation of journeys often has major consequences for those involved.
Look at the future
KNV calls on trade union FNV to look to the future. Bertho Eckhardt about this: ‘We have moved considerably in the direction of the union demands, while employers are also standing with their backs against the wall due to the increased inflation, high fuel costs and the aftermath of corona. CNV has recognized this and has decided that it is now time to look to the future. They take responsibility. Hopefully FNV will join this, but so far I get the impression that people want to profile themselves for their own supporters by making unrealistic demands of us. That makes no sense.
Eckhardt continues: ‘Repeating your points and hindering the transport of vulnerable groups is now only counterproductive. Ultimately, this agreement results in an above-average wage increase compared to other sectors in the Netherlands. This end result does justice to both the interests of the employees and the employers.’