Public goes free on district buses
27 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Travelling on district buses will be free of charge in the Netherlands on Wednesday.
27 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — Travelling on district buses will be free of charge in the Netherlands on Wednesday.
The unions, FNV Bondgenoten and Abvakabo FNV, have called the day of action to pressure Transport Minister Karla Peijs to guarantee the wages of staff who have to switch to another transport company. This can happen if their employer loses the contract to operate bus services in a region to a competitor.
Members of the public using district buses on Wednesday will not be asked for tickets if they are in possession of a flyer to be distributed by the unions at various train stations.
Passengers can also use a voucher to be printed in newspapers 'Metro', 'Spits' and 'De Volkskrant' to "show their solidarity".
Passengers in city buses won't be so lucky. They will have to pay their fares and union drivers will halt the bus services in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht for five minutes from 11.55am. This is to symbolise time is running out for the minister to meet their demand.
Trade union CNV Dienstenbond is not taking part in the action as Peijs indicated last week she was willing to talk to the unions about the rights of the drivers. The CNV will, however, participate in a demonstration on Wednesday to reinforce the demand for a wage guarantee.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news