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Rail services across the country are expected to feel the effects of a second one-day regional strike, this time in the western part of the country.

After wage negotiations between unions and managers broke down, NS staff moved out of stations in South Holland, including Rotterdam, The Hague and Leiden.

With many intercity trains passing through Rotterdam and Leiden, train shortages in densely populated areas are expected to affect timetables in other parts of the country. Services between Amsterdam and Brussels will also be reduced, but fast Thalys services to Paris and Eurostar services to London will not be affected.

The strike is the second of five regional stops called by FNV, CNV and VVMC calling for a flat wage increase of €100 and a minimum wage of €14 an hour.

National railroad company NS is proposing a massive 8% wage hike 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.

The remaining three strikes will take place next week in the North West, which includes Amsterdam (29 August), the Central, which includes Utrecht (30 August), and the South and East (31 August).

NS said strike compensation rules apply. This means that a passenger whose trip is interrupted can claim up to €25 for the cost of an alternative trip. See the company’s website for more information.

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