Dutch news in brief, 16 August 2005

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Sanitation strike spreads across Amsterdam

Sanitation strike spreads across Amsterdam

All local authority sanitation workers in Amsterdam went on strike on Amsterdam. The industrial action began on Sunday evening but the sanitation personnel in the Oud-Zuid, Oud-West and Slotervaart did not stop work until Tuesday, trade union Abvakabo FNV confirmed. Its members are refusing to collect household garbage, empty bins or clean streets in a bid to exact concessions in the negotiations for a new CAO pay and conditions agreement. During the strike, rubbish will only be collected on the DAM and Rokin in the city centre.

Prince Pieter-Christiaan to marry

Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven is to marry Anita van Eijk next week. Like his younger brother Floris, who marries Aimée Söhngen in October, the nephew of Queen Beatrix did not seek parliament's permission to marry. Therefore both Pieter-Christiaan and Floris will cease to be viewed as members of the Royal House and they will lose their positions in the list of people with right of succession. This is a mere formality as the brothers would in any event no longer have any claim to the throne once Crown Prince Willem-Alexander becomes King

'Democracy comes from the Devil'

The executive of Tholen municipality in the south west of the country has distanced itself from a local cleric's claim "democracy is an invention of the Devil". Protestant minister J Lohuis made the comments during a farewell speech two weeks ago as he retired from his work for a church in Scherpenisse. The Labour party (PvdA) and local group ABT questioned why an alderman for the Christian Democrat (CDA) party who was present at the speech did not respond to the remarks. Alderman Wim van Kempen said he broke the cleric's comments to the attention of the mayor the following day and they decided to discuss the matter with the town council after the holidays.

Accomplice gets two years for Romy murder

The Supreme Court (Hoge Raad) has confirmed the two-year sentence Özgur O. received for being an accessory to the murder of 1-year-old Romy van Buuren. Marion van Buuren, 18, and her daughter  Romy disappeared, presumed murdered. Okan O., Özgur's brother, was jailed for the murders. He always denied involvement and died of cancer in prison in 1998. Following years of concealing the truth, Özgur O. led police to the spot where the two victims were buried in the dunes at Egmond.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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