Train strike over wages disrupts traffic in Netherlands


Dutch railway workers have gone on strike on Friday in the western region – the country’s most populated part – as they seek pay increases to compensate for sky-rocketing inflation.

NS railway operator said it meant that traffic will be disrupted elsewhere in the Netherlands, including on international routes towards Belgium.

“Use other transportation or postpone your trip. No substitute buses can run,” it said on its website.

The 24-hour action is the second one in three days after the first strike in the northern region of the country on Wednesday.

Unions are protesting against the suspension of collective agreement talks with the management, during which they had asked for higher wages.

Consumer prices in the Netherlands are set to spike 9.9 percent in 2022, and are forecast to rise 4.3 percent next year.

The unions – FNV, VVMC and CNV – plan three more 24-hour strikes: on Monday in the northwestern part of the country, Tuesday in the central Netherlands and Wednesday in the southeastern part.__Al Jazeera