Netherlands - Public transport strikes in protest of privatisation - June 29, 2011

In April, May and June, public service unions organised a number of strikes in public transport in the major cities, in protest against government plans to cut funding by € 120 million and the forced privatisation of the public transport system in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. The unions argue the budget cuts combined with privatisation will lead to losses of as many as 3,000 jobs and a deterioration of bus, tram and metro services. After earlier 24-hour strikes in the three cities, strikes on 27 June took place only outside rush hours. An effort of the municipal authorities to have these strikes prevented by a court decision failed, as the judges in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam did not regard them disproportional.

Dutch: NRC-Handelsblad, 24 June 2011; De Volkskrant, 27 and 28 June 2011


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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