Dutch railways face wild-cat strikes

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21 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — A senior trade union leader has warned the Dutch railway network will be plunged into chaos if train operator NS does not stop its reorganisation programme immediately.

21 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — A senior trade union leader has warned the Dutch railway network will be plunged into chaos if train operator NS does not stop its reorganisation programme immediately.

Plans are already underway for unannounced, wild-cat strikes if the management does not ditch its discredited reforms now, FNV Bondgenoten leader Aad van den Berg warned in a letter to NS on Friday.

The union chief told newspaper De Telegraaf that he had attended a meeting of NS staff on Thursday to discuss the opposition to the management's plans.

Van den Berg said the atmosphere reminded him of the "dark days" when staff and management were at loggerheads about rosters in 2001. That conflict led to a series of strikes and much bitterness within the company.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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