Strike actions in The Hague public transport.

15th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Hague public transport company HTM is the second of three major cities to hold strike actions in protest at planned government budget cuts to the sector.

Amsterdam kicked off the series of strikes on Monday, and the Rotterdam public transport company RET will bring up the rear on Wednesday.

As a result of today’s actions, tram routes 3,4,10 and 19 as well as bus routes 18, 22, 24 and 25 will not run. And no buses will run after 20.00 tonight.

The strike actions are intended to make passengers aware of the consequences of the cabinet's intended cuts to public transport in the three major cities. If implemented, many bus and tram routes would be either shortened or scrapped entirely.

The regional council Haaglanden and the Rotterdam council on Monday filed for an injunction banning the strike actions. The Haaglanden and Rotterdam authorities argued that the actions would affect a disproportionally large number of passengers and cause excessive financial damage to businesses and councils.

However, the judge ruled that the union actions were not disproportionate and allowed them to go ahead as planned.


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