Public transport strike in Randstad
14 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Public transport will be disrupted in the four largest Randstad cities on Wednesday 15 November as staff walk off the job.
14 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Public transport will be disrupted in the four largest Randstad cities on Wednesday 15 November as staff walk off the job.
No trams or buses will be available in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht from 9am until 4pm. In Rotterdam, the strike will start at 10am.
Buses and trams will operate before 9am and 4pm, but commuters will not be asked for their tickets.
The metro will operate all day and will be for free. Ferries will also operate in Amsterdam.
Trade unions Abvakabo and FNV Bondgenoten are demanding that the government postpone plans to tender out public transport contracts for the next two years.
Talks between unions and Transport Minister Karla Peijs on Monday failed to resolve the dispute.
Unions are concerned that the compulsory tendering process is being pushed through too quickly, raising the prospect of disrupted services.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news