Unions warn of tougher and longer strikes ahead

29th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Trade union leaders have warned "tough, intensive and long running" industrial action will follow Wednesday's public transport strike in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

29 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Trade union leaders have warned "tough, intensive and long running" industrial action will follow Wednesday's public transport strike in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Civil servants in a range of other local government departments also stopped work or worked Sunday shifts as part of the campaign for a better CAO wages and conditions agreement.

Leaders of the Abvakabo FNV en CNV-bond Publieke Zaak unions told a demonstration by striking civil servants in The Hague that industrial action will be targeted to coincide with the World Port Days (Wereldhavendagen) in Rotterdam and Sail, the annual tall-ship event in Amsterdam in September.

The unions warned that industrial action will have a negative impact on two of the biggest events in the tourist calendar. 

The plans have not been finalised yet but in essence will come down to 24 and 48 hour strikes within various local government departments. The strikes will go ahead unless the government heeds the unions' call to make a better pay offer.

A CNV representative said that sanitation departments for instance could stop work. "It would be very uncomfortable, particularly during major events, if the rubbish was not collected," he said. 

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Subject: Dutch news

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