No public transport runs in A'dam, R'dam and Utrecht
29 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — A 24-hour public transport strike began in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht at 6am on Wednesday morning.
29 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — A 24-hour public transport strike began in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht at 6am on Wednesday morning.
Bus and tram stops in front of Amsterdam's Central Station were deserted at 7.30am and the entrance to metro stations in the city were sealed off for safety reasons. Yellow leaflets have been posted at stops to tell commuters about the strike.
Trains and regional buses are running but the latter are not stopping to pick up or let off passengers who want to travel within Amsterdam's city limits.
Many commuters are reported to be making their way to work on foot, while others are resorting to taxis.
Metros and buses are running normally in The Hague as public transport workers there are not part of the same CAO wage deal at the centre of the dispute.
But a host of other local government employees confirmed on Tuesday they would be joining the industrial action.
Trade Union CNV Publieke Zaak indicated that employees in social service departments in Amsterdam as well as fire and ambulance crews in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Wageningen and Utrecht will operate limited Sunday shifts.
Regional bus company Connexxion announced that out of solidarity and "to avoid escalation" it has had to alter its services in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht because of the public transport strike.
Connexxion buses will travel their normal routes to and from Amsterdam but will go directly from the borders of the city to their end destination without stopping.
Passengers using the company's buses in Rotterdam and Utrecht will be allowed from disembark within the urban limits, but drivers will not allow passengers waiting at stops within the city to come abroad.
Commuters travelling from the city to "outside" will not be allowed to get off within the city limits. The sneltram service will operate normally in Utrecht.
Connexxion is not happy with the strike. "This is the third time in a short period of time. Innocent passengers are being made to suffer and it damages the image of pubic transport". Wednesday's strikes and go slows come hard on the heels of local government, public transport and train strikes earlier in June.
Some 190,000 local government workers are angry negotiations over a new CAO pay and conditions agreement are deadlocked. The unions rejected the offer made by the government in May.
The government wants to adhere to the tight spending plans that underlined the annual round of collective bargaining (Najaarsakkord).
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, labour relations in the Netherlands