Rotterdam hit by public transport stoppage

18th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Buses and trams came to a standstill in Rotterdam on Monday morning.

18 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Buses and trams came to a standstill in Rotterdam on Monday morning.

The stoppage by drivers employed by the city's public transport company RET stems from a dispute over a new CAO wages and conditions agreement. RET made a final offer last week.

Its trams and buses were not running but the public could still make use of the metro system. However there was a power failure on the Caland Line in the morning.

Buses and trams were parked on the Coolsingel in the centre of the city, leaving only two of the four lanes free for other traffic. Trams were also halted in other areas around the city.

A few hundred RET drivers marched to the City Hall to put their demands to Transport Alderman Jeannette Baljeu. "We want a decent CAO and a job guarantee," one of the drivers told reporters.

Baljeu said she could promise anything as the negotiations are ongoing. "Your signal is clear," she told the noisily gathering.

RET's management said it regretted the inconvenience the spontaneous protest was causing for passengers.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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