The unions are preparing strikes at Dutch Railways.

Initially, the actions will only affect international trains to Brussels and service at the stations, they say.

If the rail operator still does not comply with the demands of FNV and VVMC, the unions also want to set up strikes among the rest of the NS staff and that of high-speed train Thalys.

The unions are not yet ready to say when exactly the strike will take place and what the impact will be.

Then the surprise effect would be gone.

They do indicate that they will inform travelers in good time.

FNV and VVMC recently sent several ultimatums to the NS, but according to them the company did not give a satisfactory answer.

The ultimatums focused specifically on the parts of the staff where the strike would be the first.

But according to FNV director Henri Janssen, these are such important matters at the company that eventually broader campaigns could be launched.

At NS International and Thalys, the unions want a better offer for improving the working conditions for conductors.

In addition, staff are dissatisfied with the way in which NS is implementing the redesign of the service at the stations.

This would make it increasingly difficult to guarantee safety and service to travelers and to ensure that service employees can do their work under good working conditions.