Work stoppage public transport in large cities
Transport workers protest against changes to transport law, stand still announced for today at 11:55
31 October 2006
AMSTERDAM - The public transport in the four large cities will stand still on Tuesday from five for twelve up to twelve in the afternoon. The drivers of trams, buses and underground metros will interrupt their work activities to protest against the privatisation of the public transport network.
The unions have exhorted their employees to a work stoppage, because the Parliament debates on Tuesday concerning the revision of the law for passenger transport, (Wet Personenvervoer). According to the unions this needs to stop.
A number of employees will travel to The Hague to offer a petition.
The Executive Board of the municipal transport company (GVB) in Amsterdam hopes that the action remains limited to the announced five minutes and that the public transport will drive afterwards according to the normal time table. According to the expectations the nuisance for travellers will be small.
Also the employees of the RET in Rotterdam will stop their transport. A small delegation will go to The Hague for the petition. This is a prelude for (possible) a large national strike on the 15th of November, according to the president of the works council of the RET. He expects that Tuesday approximately one hundred demonstrators will be in The Hague.
According to a spokesman of The Hague carrier HTM the action is broadly accepted by the personnel. He emphasises that trams and buses will only stand still at safe places. “We therefore will not block any junctions."
At BBA (largest part of Brabant) and Hermes (Eindhoven, Limburg, Nijmegen) the action plans had not yet been announced on Monday. For this reason the expectation is that they will not participate
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news