Mass public service strike on Thursday

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7 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Unions are planning a 24-hour strike on Thursday as municipal public servants protest at stalled talks on a new workplace accord. Municipal help desks will be closed, while public transport workers and sanitation and garbage collection staff in Amsterdam and Utrecht will also walk off the job. Firefighters and ambulance personnel will operate Sunday rosters.

7 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Unions are planning a 24-hour strike on Thursday as municipal public servants protest at stalled talks on a new workplace accord.
  
Municipal help desks will be closed, while public transport workers and sanitation and garbage collection staff in Amsterdam and Utrecht will also walk off the job. Firefighters and ambulance personnel will operate Sunday rosters.

The strike will start at midnight on Wednesday and continue until midnight on Thursday. It means public services throughout all of Thursday will be disrupted.

The industrial action is part of an extended battle Dutch public servants are waging against stalled talks on a CAO collective labour agreement.
 
Negotiations broke down at the end of April after year-long talks over the demands by the association of municipalities (VNG) to scrap the compulsory retirement of workers in physically demanding jobs — such as firefighters and ambulance staff — between the age of 55 and 60.

The VNG claims the compulsory retirement regulation will become illegal next year under new legislation aimed at preventing age discrimination.

Unions Abvakabo FNV and CNV Publieke Zaak have urged all of the nation's 190,000 municipal public servants to gather at Museumplein in Amsterdam on Thursday.

The head of trade union confederation FNV, Agnes Jongerius, will give a speech at midday and some 10,000 protestors are expected to converge on the city square.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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