SNCB and unions reach agreement after two-day strikeThursday, 12 July 2018 10:40
In return, drivers have agreed to a productivity increase of 2%.
The agreement includes a sliding scale of premiums. New employees will be treated as if they already had four years of service. For those of five to 12 years, a fidelity supplement of €5,000 will be paid, according to actual years of service. Older drivers will build up a fund of loyalty premiums of €5,000, rising to €7,500 for those serving more than 18 years.
The premiums paid for early shifts and difficult routes – currently amounting to about €120 a month – will also be increased.
Drivers in return have agreed to productivity increases of 2%, largely created by more flexibility in planning schedules.
The agreement concerns the unions ACV-Transcom and VSOA, but not the socialist union ACOD, which refused to sign the accord, or the smaller unions representing train conductors. Those will have to be negotiated with separately.
The Brussels Times
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