Regional bus drivers join NS strike in three major cities in the Netherlands on May 28

FNV regional transport union has announced that regional bus drivers will also participate in the large public transport strike on Tuesday 28 May “for a good pension for everyone”. Trade unions announce a Dutch Railways (NS) strike in three major cities in the Netherlands on May 28. The strike will happen in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague as strikers protest for lower retirement age, reports Nu.nl.

The strike will occur for 24 hours. “People have to rely on being closed from the early morning of May 28 to the beginning of Wednesday, May 29,” Eric Vermeulen union director at FNV told NOS.

Employees in Utrecht and Gelderland will not strike and the regional transport will run in these areas, reports RLT Nieuws.

Trade unions want the retirement age to stay at 66 years, as millions of employees in the industry face heavy work making it difficult to achieve healthy retirement. According to the Dutch Trade Unions Federation (FNV), in the Netherlands, the retirement is gradually rising to 67 by 2024 as life expectancy rises. The unions want the retirement age to be frozen and people that carry out heavy work to be able to retire earlier.

FNV regional transport union spokeswoman Brigitta Paas has said that the regional bus drivers are supporting the three main requirements that NS unions have been campaigning for. These requirements include: 1) freezing the state pension and canceling the fine on an earlier retirement 2) Indexation, a pension that increases with price trends 3) a pension for everyone, including the self-employed and people with a less secure contract.

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Lara Silva
Lara Silva
Originally from Lisbon, Lara now lives as a Londener where she studies journalism. She enjoys writing about politics, news and culture. Her favorite hobbies include eating pizza, drinking portuguese beer and smashing the patriarchy.

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