Drug checks continue despite strike

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The drug checks at Schiphol will not be affected by the customs personnel strike on Thursday. A spokesperson for customs said this today.

15 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The drug checks at Schiphol will not be affected by the customs personnel strike on Thursday. A spokesperson for customs said this today.

Customs officials announced a 24-hour strike at Schiphol this morning. Like the rest of the civil service they too want better collective labour agreements.

Ten of the 120 Schiphol customs personnel did not go on strike. They participate in the checks of these high risk flights.

"There are enough people working to carry out the 100-percent checks," said the spokesperson for customs. The trade unions dispute that all checks are being done.

Flights from Surinam, the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and Venezuela have been subject to 100-percent checks for drug smuggling since 2003. Not only passengers and freight are checked, but cabin personnel on these flights are also searched.

The Schiphol team, on which customs and Marechaussee work together, will be operating as usual, said the spokesperson. The team also monitors high risk flights from other countries with regard to drug smuggling.

After trade unions said that checks could not possibly be conducted as usual since so many staff are on strike, Marechaussee spokesperson Rob Stenacker replied that the safety of the airport is not in any danger.

"Guaranteeing public order and security at Schiphol is not a task of the customs officials but rather of the Marechaussee," he explained. Stenacker also added that the drug checks at the airport will continue as usual.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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