ANWB abandons controversial plan for road service
Proposal to outsource emergency breakdown assistance not going anywhere yet.
24 October 2006
THE HAGUE - The ANWB have withdrawn a controversial reorganisation plan for the road service ‘Wegenwacht’ after intensive consultation with the trade unions. That was made known by the ANWB on Tuesday.
Earlier this month it was announced that the ANWB wanted to outsource road assistance for emergency aid with starting and battery problems in order to cut the costs. The trade unions reacted furiously to the plans. Consultation followed and the ANWB now communicates that it will not outsource the activities.
ANWB Director Guido van Woerkom announced on 11 October a trial period of one year, which might lead to road service technicians being able to work as independent entrepreneurs.
"We want the emergency breakdown service to be partially outsourced, with a separate fleet. The current technicians are over qualified," Van Woerkom then said.
The Wegenwacht road services have 1000 people in employ. The emergency service helps 1.3 million times per year with automotive breakdowns. Approximately 15 up to 20 per cent concerns help with batteries/accumulators.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news