Belgian railway authority does not waste a good crisis

The Belgian railway authority (NMBS) is not one to waste a good crisis. Following a recent change in policy, railway personnel gets their holiday entitlement cut for every minute they are late due to train delays. Before you label this as appalling, consider how cunning that plan really is: *#sarcastic mode on*

  • Reduced holiday entitlement, means increased labour/employee at the same cost. This improves the budget.
  • Reduced incentive for employees to use public transportation. This frees up capacity for paying commuters and lowers the chance of trains at full capacity, which also reduces tardiness
  • Increased peer pressure from colleagues for timely trains, and against railway strikes

… and you thought these things were not completely thought through 🙂


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