Anti-violence nationwide protest in Netherlands

6th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Fire engines, police cars, trains, buses and trams will sound their sirens, horns and bells for five minutes to protest against the increasing aggression towards public service workers.

THE NETHERLANDS – Demonstrations will be held across the Netherlands Monday as part of a 'day against aggression and violence' towards public service workers.

Called by FNV, the Dutch trade union federation, the day of action comes in response to a perceived increase in aggression towards public service workers, particularly in transport and the emergency services.

At 11.55am, fire engines, police cars, trains, buses and trams will sound their sirens, horns and bells.

The noisy protest is timed five minutes before the emergency siren, which goes off at noon on the first Monday of each month.

It will be followed by rallies organised by public sector union ABVAKABO, the largest of which are expected in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The demonstrations follow a number of incidents of violence against public transport workers, the most recent of them at the weekend in the town of Almere, 30 kilometres east of Amsterdam.

On Sunday, a man caught travelling on the train without a ticket assaulted two railway workers at the station, threatening to push one of them under an oncoming train. On Saturday in Almere a bus driver was assaulted by two youths.

A complaints centre set up in March by the FNV Bondgenoten trade union received more than 300 reports from bus drivers who said they had been abused, spat at or assaulted by aggressive passengers at least once.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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