Netherlands -Ambulance workers strike -March 7, 2013

Ambulance workers are taking industrial action after negotiations for a collective agreement broke down in February. The workers are taking more time to explain medical issues to patients, cleaning the stretchers and keeping to the regular speed limit and traffic rules. The actions, which are limited to non-emergency services, amongst others point out that the ambulance workers are under too much time pressure. Trade unions have stated that the negotiations have not yielded any agreements in the area of wages, scheduling, work guarantees and retirement schemes.




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