Police put strike plans in the cooler
1 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch police unions have suspended plans for further strike action in a dispute over working conditions.
1 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — Dutch police unions have suspended plans for further strike action in a dispute over working conditions.
The NPB, ACP and VMHP unions met with Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes on Wednesday evening. Afterwards, the unions indicated they would stop industrial action while informal talks about a new pay and conditions agreement (CAO) continue.
If those meetings go well, the parties will enter into official negotiations to iron out a CAO deal.
An estimated 10,000 officers demonstrated in The Hague in June against the government's position in the talks. It was the culmination of a 12-day period of protest outside the Home Affairs ministry.
Police officers fear a deterioration of their working conditions, particularly in relation to pre-pension schemes and healthcare costs.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news