Travelling by bus? Not today, bus drivers strike across the Netherlands

Bus drivers belonging to the Dutch union FNV are not yet satisfied with their working conditions and are striking today, all over the Netherlands.

The national NS train strikes were just solved, but the FNV still thinks the current labour agreement for bus drivers needs some work, writes RTL Nieuws.

READ MORE | Public transport in the Netherlands: the complete guide

What does it mean for you?

The carriers HMT, RET (tram and metro), and GVB are not participating in the strike, as they are covered by a different labour union, explains travel planning platform 9292.

Disruptions can be expected, however, from the following carriers:

  • Arriva
  • Connexxion
  • Valleilijn
  • Keolis
  • U-OV
  • RET
  • EBS

Currently, it’s not exactly clear which routes will be disrupted, but expect to use your creativity for your morning (and afternoon) commute today. ๐Ÿšฒ

Tip: travel planner 9292 gives you up-to-date information about the strikes โ€” also available in English.

Call to save public transport

The strike has been described as the last necessity to save the current state and the future of public transport in the Netherlands.

The union has described their efforts as a means to illustrate that public transport should be seen as a public facility, and should not be exploited solely for profit-making.

At 12 PM today, the strikers are mobilising for a demonstration in The Hague, to emphasise their message to Dutch politicians.

According to RTL Nieuws, the strikers have invited all members of Parliament who have stated public transport as a core issue in their portfolio โ€” it is yet to be seen who dares to show up.

Have you been affected by the bus strike? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

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Juni Moltubak
Juni Moltubak
Juni moved to the Netherlands after realizing how expensive tuition fees in the UK are, and never regretted her choice of studying in The Hague. After three years of Political Science, she is ready for a new adventure โ€” an internship at DutchReview! When you donโ€™t see her typing on her laptop she can be found strolling around Haagse Bos or sitting in her lovely garden scrolling through interior design TikToks.


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