Provinces threaten legal action against bus firms
Several provinces are planning to take out injunctions against both the bus companies and workers if the general strike which started Sunday continues.2 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch provinces threatens legal action against bus companies to stop strikes in regional bus services, reports De Volkskrant.
Since the end of April, bus drivers have been staging limited industrial action for better pay and conditions. However, a general strike for unlimited time was called from Sunday. This would hit both city and regional buses.
This means that buses on regional lines operated by Arriva, Connexxion and Veolia will not be in service. Rail passengers between the towns of Amersfoort and Ede-Wageningen will also be affected.
Hundreds of thousands of commuters and 20 to 30 percent of secondary school examination candidates will be affected by the strike.
Henk Bleker from Groningen's provincial government says: "We can't let this go on. The financial damage and harm to society is unacceptably high."
If the strike is not over in a few days, several provinces are planning to take out injunctions against both the bus companies and workers.
Bleker explains: "We will demand an end to rush-hour strikes, that the employers and employees get back to the negotiation table and are forced to accept mediation. There must also be an end date for strikes."
[Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica]
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