Army steps in as Amsterdam firefighters continue protest
8 December 2005, AMSTERDAM – Firefighters in Amsterdam continued their industrial action Thursday, leading to traffic chaos on the region's roads.
8 December 2005
AMSTERDAM – Firefighters in Amsterdam continued their industrial action Thursday, leading to traffic chaos on the region's roads.
For the second day running, a large number of Amsterdam fire brigade members called in sick, and fire engines were slowly crawling along main roads causing traffic delays.
Amsterdam’s mayor Job Cohen on Thursday sought the help of around 80 civilian and military personnel employed in firefighting in the army to make sure essential firefighting services in the city are maintained.
The actions, which are not supported by the fire workers’ union, are in protest against the proposed scrapping of the Functioneel Leeftijdsontslag (FLO), the regulation that states that firefighters may retire at 55.
The traffic go-slows caused long tailbacks on the A2 and A27 around Utrecht, on the A4 near Den Haag and on the A9 at Amsterdam.
Rotterdam has also been hit by personnel calling in sick, though not enough to warrant calling in the army. The Hague has been unaffected as yet by the actions.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news