Netherlands -Public transport strikes in Amsterdam and Utrecht -October 15, 2015

Public transport workers in Amsterdam and Utrecht are organising a rush hour strike on 15 October. The strikes will mean there are no buses, trams or metro services in Amsterdam and no buses in Utrecht until 8.30, with transport expected to be back to normal between 10:30 and 11:00. The FNV transport union is organising the action in a series of public sector strikes following a pay deal from which it was excluded, as reported in last month’s newsletter. Utrecht bus company Qbuzz attempted to block the strike by going to court, arguing that as a private company its employees are not covered under the disputed agreement and will not be affected by it. However, the court rejected the reasoning because Qbuzz workers are part of the same pension fund as the other workers and will be affected by changes in the pension fund.


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