Officials protest in The Hague

13th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Several hundred busloads of government officials from throughout the country are coming to The Hague today to demonstrate for higher salaries. The unions for civil servants expect at least 10,000 protestors.

13 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Several hundred busloads of government officials from throughout the country are coming to The Hague today to demonstrate for higher salaries. The unions for civil servants expect at least 10,000 protestors.

They will march from the Malieveld to the Ministry of Home Affairs, where they will call on Minister Johan Remkes to fork out higher wages.

The national demonstration follows weeks of actions around the country in attempts to secure a good collective labour agreement. The collective labour negotiations between Remkes and the unions reached deadlock in December.

The unions for public officials are demanding a 2.5-percent pay increase and compensation for the increased healthcare costs. They also want their end-of-year bonus gradually increased to a full thirteenth month.

Minister Remkes thinks their demands are excessive and does not want to go further than a 2-percent pay rise.

He sent a letter to all 115,000 public officials on Monday pointing out that their salaries compare well to similar positions in the private sector and other government sectors.

[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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