Dutch news in brief, 23 June 2005

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10,000 police march on Remkes, An estimated 10,000 police officers marched to the office of Home Affairs Minister John Remkes in The Hague on Thursday to protest at what they claim will be a worsening of their working conditions in the latest round of CAO pay talks. The march was to mark the end of the symbolic 'blue siege' mounted by off-duty officers outside the Home Affairs Ministry in recent weeks. Union leaders have warned their members will go on nationwide strike after the summer if Remkes does not

10,000 police march on Remkes

An estimated 10,000 police officers marched to the office of Home Affairs Minister John Remkes in The Hague on Thursday to protest at what they claim will be a worsening of their working conditions in the latest round of CAO pay talks. The march was to mark the end of the symbolic 'blue siege' mounted by off-duty officers outside the Home Affairs Ministry in recent weeks. Union leaders have warned their members will go on nationwide strike after the summer if Remkes does not make an improved offer in relation to pension and sick pay provisions. The minister has refused to re-draft his offer but has suggested it could evaluated by neutral experts.

No breakthrough in health dispute

Talks between family doctors association LHV, health insurance company representatives and health ministry officials failed on Thursday to break the deadlock in a dispute over the implementation of a new health insurance scheme next year. Doctors say the new system will give insurance companies too much power to decide what medicines and treatments patients receive, and will seriously impact doctors' earnings. Family doctors went on a three-day national strike earlier this month and they have threatened further work stoppages if the health insurance plans are not altered. All parties refused to reveal much about the talks on Thursday, but it was announced the three sides will meet again on Monday.

Schiphol gears up for busy summer

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport expects the next few months to be its busiest summer ever. An average of 145,000 passengers are to travel through Schiphol on a daily basis in July and August. This will come to a total of 13 million passengers over the next two months. The busiest time should be the last three days of July when 160,000 people a day are expected to leave from or arrive back from holiday to the airport. Officials at the airport are advising prospective passengers to arrive in good time for their flights.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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