Dutch train drivers and public transport workers in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague will go on strike on May 28 in a campaign to have the state pension age frozen at 66 and to ensure pensions rise in line with inflation.

The 24-hour strike may also include regional transport workers, who are still considering their position.

The FNV trade union federation wants the cabinet to commit to keeping the state pension age at 66. It is being gradually increased in three-month increments and will hit 67 years and three months by 2024.

‘A lot of people who work on the railways started when they were young,’ said CNV railway union spokesman Evert Jan van de Mheen.’It is only logical that after such long service, they want to enjoy their pension. So the state pension age should not go up.’

The FNV had planned an all-out strike on March 28 but that was abandoned in the wake of the attack on a Utrecht tram which left four people dead.

The engineering and construction workers unions will also stage an all-out strike on May 29 and the FNV has called on other sectors to join the campaign.

Source  www.DutchNews.nl