The Independent Rail Personnel union (OVS) and Metsip-Project had planned 9 days of strike action between now and the end of the month. However, the strike notices have been rejected for procedural reasons. According to HR-rail that employs them the two unions had immediately issued a strike notice rather that initiation the so-called “alarm bell procedure” that would have allowed for a cooling-off period during which efforts could be made to resolve the dispute. Only is no resolution is found during the cooling-off period can a strike notice be issued.
OVS has since initiated the “alarm bell procedure”. However, Metsip-Project hasn’t done so yet. If the unions still want to strike they will only be able to do so at least 8 days after negotiations have broken down.
Currently, only ACOD will strike as the train drivers’ union ASTB has shelved its plans for a strike.