Free public transport due to labour dispute

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For two consecutive days, public transport workers are not checking or stamping tickets to back up wage demands.

2 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Public transport workers in The Netherlands continued 'public-friendly' actions for better labour agreements for a second day on Thursday. Union representatives say the protests were a great success.

In practically the entire country, bus and tram drivers did not check or stamp tickets. To all intents and purposes, this meant free bus and tram travel for all. The only exceptions were some drivers in the southern province of Noord-Brabant.

Similar actions are planned for 5 and 6 May: Whit Sunday and Whit Monday.
Whether these will be 'public friendly' too is not yet known: many drivers are angry because their employers are threatening to halve their wages during the actions.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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