Transport strike to hit Dutch cities

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A public transport strike in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague on Sunday will affect 770,000 people, according to transport company figures.

It is the latest in a series of 24-hour strikes this year in protest at planned cutbacks and compulsory competitive tendering in public transport.

In Amsterdam, 350,000 passengers travel by bus, metro or tram on an average Sunday, a spokesperson for the municipal transport company GVB said. The figure is estimated at 250,000 for Rotterdam, and 170,000 for The Hague.

But city-centre stores that open on Sunday are not expecting to see a major drop in sales, according to a retail trade organisation spokesperson. The strike was announced well in advance, and shoppers are likely to switch to cars or bikes, the organisation says.

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