NS strikes to affect rail traffic to Brussels

Employees of the NS service and the drivers of the train between Amsterdam and Brussels are on strike on Wednesday. NS expects problems for travelers to and from the Belgian capital. Depending on the railway company, they must take into account longer journey times, train cancellations and other departure and arrival times.

IC Brussels will only operate between Breda and Brussels. Travelers from Amsterdam, The Hague, Schiphol or Rotterdam can use national trains to get to Breda and change trains there. They can also take the IC Direct, no extra charge will be charged for this, NS announced.

The FNV and VVMC unions also announced that the counters would remain closed due to the strike by service workers. Assistance to travelers will be reduced to a minimum. It is not yet known how many employees will participate in these actions.

Service employees are angry at the planned reduction of gas stations. The dispute between the drivers of international trains bound for Brussels concerns working conditions. The unions specify that these drivers are paid less than their colleagues who work at Thalys Eurostar and ICE Berlin & Nightjet.

NS regrets the actions. But unions have already indicated that it might not end there. If the rail companies still do not comply with their demands after the strikes, unions will also consider organizing strikes in other parts of Nova Scotia, for example among the driving staff.

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