Police threaten strikes during football matches
The mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the minister of home affairs have demanded an injunction against protest actions planned by police this weekend.
14 December 2007
AMSTERDAM – The mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the minister of home affairs have demanded an injunction against protest actions planned by police during two top first division football matches this coming weekend.
A spokesperson for the municipality of Amsterdam reported this on Friday. The police unions ACP and ANPV announced the protests on Thursday. The possibility of strikes by police have put the Feyenoord-AZ and Ajax-PSV matches in jeopardy.
Mayors Cohen and Opstelten and Minister Guusje ter Horst demanded in court that the demonstration called by the unions be called off so that the safety of supporters and the public in general can be guaranteed.
The demonstrations are in response to negotiations on the collective labour agreement (CAO) between police unions and the home affairs minister, which have run aground. The ACP is demanding a salary increase of EUR 200 per month for every person employed by the police. Ter Horst does not want to grant this.
Opstelten and Cohen are responsible for the security surrounding the football matches. Ter Horst also joined the call for an injunction because she is responsible for the national police corps.
Dutch football association KNVB supports the call from the mayors. Henk Kesler, director of the KNVB, said on Friday that the police officers would do better to organise a protest at the government buildings, rather than call a strike during the football matches.
The police unions ACP and ANPV announced on Thursday that they wanted to protest during the football matches this weekend - Feyenoord – AZ on Saturday and Ajax – PSV on Sunday – because of the deadlock in CAO negotiations.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news