If nothing changes, stress and high workloads will affect a quarter of Dutch workers to such an extent that they will have to work less or not at all by 2030, according to service provider Arbo Unie. The number of employees with a burnout doubled in the past 20 years and that trend will only continue, Arbo Unie predicts, AD reports.
No buses or trams are running in The Hague between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Employees of city transport company HTM are striking for better working conditions. They want a wage increase and a lower workload, among other things, NOS reports.
HTM said it tried to keep the buses and trams running as much as possible, but that turned out not to be an option. "It is very annoying that our travelers are once again the victim, but we simply do not find it responsible", the HTM management said.
GroenLinks, SP and PvdA, the three largest left-wing parties in the Tweede Kamer, together presented an alternative budget that puts "people above multinationals" on Wednesday. They call for more investments in society and in the "livelihood of all Dutch people", Het Parool reports.
KLM pilots are threatening to strike if the Dutch airline does not respond to their demands for a better collective bargaining agreement before Friday, the Telegraaf reports based on a letter pilots' union VNV sent to its members.
The pilots demand a lighter workload and a wage increase, according to the newspaper. The negotiations between KLM and VNV have been deadlocked since VNV members rejected the proposed collective bargaining agreement in May. A spokesperson for KLM confirmed to the Telegraaf that the negotiations are "in a difficult phase".
Trade unions FNV and CNV reached an agreement with regional public transporters about a new collective bargaining agreement. The nationwide strike that halted bus transport and some train traffic since Wednesday, is therefore over. From Monday everything will run as usual, the unions announced on Sunday, Omroep Brabant reports.
Due to a national strike in regional public transit, virtually no city- or regional buses will run from today. Some regional trains could also fall out. NS trains, and public transit in Amsterdam and The Hague are unaffected. Rotterdam is partly affected.
A regional public transit strike union FNV announced on Tuesday will start on Monday, be nationwide and will last as long it takes. The strike will affect regional buses and trains operated by regional transporters throughout the country, NU.nl reports.
Regional public transit workers that are members of union FNV will be striking on Monday, the union announced on Tuesday, NOS reports.
According to FNV, employers are refusing to make agreements on lowering public transit workers' workload and on a decent wage increase for the workers.
The union did not say what regions will be affected or how long the strike will last.
The number of medical vacancies at Dutch hospitals doubled over the past year, resulting in longer waiting lists for surgeries, broadcaster NOS reports based on its own research into staff shortages at hospitals in the Netherlands.
The drivers of regional buses and trains are striking on Monday and Tuesday, bringing regional public transit to a stand still. The public transit in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague will run as usual, as these employees fall under a separate collective bargaining agreement. NS trains are also not affected.
Employees of baggage- and cargo handlers Aviapartner, Menzies Aviation and Swissport are performing labor actions at Schiphol Airport on Friday. According to trade union FNV, travelers can expect to get their luggage with delay, but will not miss their flight, Het Parool reports.
The employees of these baggage handling companies are protesting against too heavy work loads and lagging salary development. FNV recently gave the companies an ultimatum.
In today's protest employees will follow each instruction carefully, slowly and to the letter.
Most primary schools in Limburg and Noord-Brabant are closed on Friday as teachers in these provinces strike for higher salaries and lower workloads. This is the third in a relay-strike by primary school teachers in the Netherlands, following strikes in the center of the country last month, and in the north the month before.
Primary school teachers in Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland are striking today for higher salaries and a lower workload. Thousands of teachers are expected to march through Amsterdam, from the Waterlooplein to the Museumplein, AD reports.
The march underlines that primary education is still on 'code red', according to educational organizations. They say that the quality of education is under severe pressure due to the rising teacher shortage.
The Dutch government will give primary schools and schools for special education more money next year to reduce teachers' workload. The Ministry of Education will divide 236 million euros among the 7 thousand schools next year. And that amount will increase in the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from the Ministry.
The majority of primary schools in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe are closed today as around 6 thousand teachers go on strike for higher salaries and lower workloads. This is the first of a relay strike, starting today in the North. On March 14th primary school teachers in Flevoland, Utrecht, and Noord-Holland will strike, combined with a demonstration in Amsterdam, NOS reports.
The strikes are supported by the PO-Front, a joint action group consisting of trade unions, school leaders and managers.
The high workload in healthcare in the Netherlands affects the health and private life of over three quarters of nurses, according to a survey profession association V&VN did among 17 thousand nurses. 64 percent of respondents also said that the quality of care is under severe pressure, AD reports.
Chefs, doctors, lawyers, primary school teachers and managers in business services in the Netherlands experience the most pressure in their jobs, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands.
The statistics office questioned people from common professions in the Netherlands - professions with at least 50 thousand employees - about the amount of work they do and the speed at which they do it.
Dutch workers are the happiest of all workers in Europe, according to a study by HR service provided ADP. More than three quarters of Dutch workers are satisfied with their work, relationships with colleagues and stress levels, the study found. Workers in Italy are the least satisfied, RTL Nieuws reports.
The study was done among 10 thousand European workers, including 1,300 Dutch.
Dutch workers are especially satisfied that they have the opportunity to work from home, a good balance between work and private life and a good relationship with their colleagues.
Budget airline easyJet and union VNV reached an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement for easyJet pilots stationed in the Netherlands, NOS reports.
EasyJet pilots held several strikes at Schiphol airport this year. They demanded a lighter workload schedule, sick leave pay and a better pension regulation. EasyJet had to cancel several flights due to these strikes.
Over 30 percent of nurses and caregivers think that an "irresponsible" number of tasks are left up to informal caregivers, according to a survey by the nurses and carers association V&VN among nearly a thousand of its members
EasyJet pilots stationed at Schiphol are striking from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today, but all flights to and from Amsterdam are continuing as scheduled. According to pilots association VNV, this is because the airline hired temp pilots from abroad to cross the picketing line and take over the flights
The Amsterdam-based pilots and crew members of budget airline EasyJet will be striking on Tuesday, the association of Dutch pilots VNV announced
About 500 Schiphol guards, luggage handlers, cargo handlers, cabin staff and cleaners will be participating in a march from Schiphol Plaza to the airport's headquarters, according to trade union FNV.
Security employees at Schiphol airport are planning a strike in an effort to reduce their workload, union FNV announced. The time and details of the protest will be discussed on Tuesday.