Dutch railway workers increasingly at risk

23rd October 2008, Comments 0 comments

Trade union says busy traffic on railways is putting maintenance workers at risk.

23 October 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The largest trade union in the Netherlands, FNV Bondgenoten, says traffic on the country's railways is so busy that it is threatening the safety of railway maintenance workers.

Increasing rail traffic is forcing more maintenance and building work to be carried out at night and during the weekends. This makes such work more unattractive and often leads to the hiring of temporary workers, many of them with less professional knowledge than experienced staff.

Prorail, the company responsible for the maintenance of the national railway network, disputes the claims and refuses to discuss them. This has prompted the FNV to call for political action.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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