No buses and trams in The Hague
Striking transport workers protest in The Hague –
25 October 2006
AMSTERDAM - The staff of HTM in The Hague have started with a strike Wednesday morning at 9.00 hours. All trams and buses in The Hague the region will stand still to 13.00 hours. The employees protest passenger transport against the market forces in the public transport, a consequence of the law Wet Personenvervoer from 2000.
HTM-personnel have already strongly handed in with the new collective labour agreement,
but are still not certainly still of its future. The public transport in The Hague will be put out to tender soon and according to the council of employers both the staff and the traveller will not come out ahead. The council of employers’ fears for stripped time tables and overloads for staff.
The striking staff will gather between 10.00 and 12.00 hours on the square ‘het Plein’ will hold a discussion of progress and offer a petition to the fixed parliamentary commission for transport.
The labour associations FNV and CNV do not support the action, but has sympathy. How much of approximately 2000 staff members will actively participate in the strike, is not yet clear.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news