Unions call for rail safety task force

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13 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - FNV trade unions are urging for an integrated approach to the safety problems throughout the rail network. A taskforce should also be appointed to monitor safety, make sure that improvements are implemented and answer to the government.

13 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - FNV trade unions are urging for an integrated approach to the safety problems throughout the rail network. A taskforce should also be appointed to monitor safety, make sure that improvements are implemented and answer to the government.

The trade union confederation came with this appeal on Tuesday at the presentation of the report "Door het oog van de naald – deel 2" (Through the eye of the needle, part 2). This report includes a list of unsafe situations that workers of the railway companies have reported to FNV trade unions since December 2006.

The FNV hotline received a total of 67 reports.

Trade union director Tonnie Nijenhuis says that safety on the rails is not compatible with the aim of running as many trains as possible while at the same time catching up on overdue maintenance work.

In December the union called on transport minister at the time Karla Peijs to speak out for a sector-wide investigation into safety on and around the railways. The union had called on businesses in the railroad sector earlier to cooperate on a large preventative safety investigation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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