Netherlands - Mass demonstration against public sector cuts - February 19, 2011

On 18 February, over 10,000 workers of a large variety of public services across the country demonstrated in The Hague against spending and job cuts in the public sector. They in particular asked for more respect for public servants and their tasks. According to public services union Abvakabo FNV, one of the organizers of the mass meeting, 110,000 jobs in the public sector may be at stake due to the spending cuts the government has announced for the next four years. Eric de Macker, chairman of the co-organising union CNV Publieke Zaak, said the unions cannot go along with creating public poverty. The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Piet Hein Donner, did not seem impressed and stuck to his saying that “there is no money left in the state pockets anymore” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January 2011).

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De Volkskrant, 19 February 2011

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