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The railroad union has announced a new series of regional strikes starting Friday in the northwest and west of the country.

Trains will no longer operate in the East, South and North on Tuesday 13 September, followed by the central part of the country on Thursday 15 September.

Despite a five-day rolling strike in the last two weeks, negotiations over salaries and conditions between the rail operator NS and the unions FNV, CNV and VVMC continue to stall.

Trade unions said the strike was widely supported and “very successful” but did not result in a new wage deal.

The union is demanding a flat wage increase of 100 euros and a minimum wage of 14 euros per hour. NS is not ready to offer staggered pay increases of more than 8% over two and a half years. The company says it is still feeling the aftereffects of the coronavirus lockdown, which has seen passenger numbers plummet and costs rise.

A spokesman said the upcoming strike had not yet been officially announced to NS and the impact on passengers was “unknown”.

Regional operators Arriva, Breng, and Blauwnet are not affected by the strike.

Trade unions say a nationwide strike will follow if no deal is reached with NS next week.

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