Train passengers were already severely affected by the strikes at rail operator ProRail on Wednesday.

And it won't be any less for the rest of this week.

But why did ProRail employees actually strike?

And how long will it take?

Why are there strikes?

ProRail and trade union FNV Spoor cannot agree on a new collective labor agreement.

Points of contention include the wage increase and the term of the collective labor agreement.

After months of negotiations, ProRail made a final offer to the three trade unions concerned at the beginning of March.

In addition to FNV Spoor, these are CNV and VHS Rail professionals.

The latter two agreed with the proposals.

FNV Spoor, however, referred the final offer to the wastebasket.

The union subsequently issued an ultimatum to ProRail, hoping to be able to enforce better terms of employment.

Last week it became clear that the railway manager stuck to its earlier final offer.

That is why FNV Spoor decided this week to set up campaigns at various ProRail traffic control posts.

There is no train running in different regions for several hours.

Until when will the strikes last and how much nuisance will they cause?

As it looks now, the promotions will last until Saturday.

Thursdays and Fridays, just like on Wednesdays, there will be strikes from 06:00 to 08:00.

But on Saturday, FNV Spoor wants to strike for 24 hours, from Saturday 5:00 am Saturday to Sunday 5:00 am.

ProRail cannot say exactly how much nuisance this will cause for travelers in the coming days.

But it is clear that train users suffer a lot from it.

Not only because there are no trains running for several hours, but also because it takes about two hours after the strike for train traffic to fully recover.

On Wednesday, on the first day of the actions, the work stoppages caused a lot of inconvenience.

For example, in the first hours after the strike, several trains were very full.

Travelers complained that there was not enough space for them, especially in view of the corona regulations.

Are there strikes across the country?

The strike applies across the country only on Saturdays.

On the other days it is always a different part of the Netherlands.

Wednesday there were work stoppages in the regions of Utrecht, Amsterdam and Alkmaar.

On Thursday it will be the turn of the regions of The Hague, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Roosendaal, followed by a strike on Friday in Eindhoven, Maastricht, Arnhem, Zwolle and Groningen.

ProRail reports that the strikes probably also cause some nuisance in areas where no work stoppages take place.

Will there be more strikes after Saturday?

At the moment there are no plans for further actions at ProRail.

The railway manager and the FNV emphasize that they want to solve the problems in mutual consultation in the coming period.