Netherlands - Industrial action by border control military - August 31, 2017

The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a military policing force that is responsible for border security, has initiated working to rule actions in their campaign for an improved collective agreement. As military personnel don't have the right to strike, working to rule is one of their few options to push their employer. The officers work within the margin of applicable laws and rules; this normally causes delays. Talks between the trade unions and the Ministry of Defence reached a deadlock in April, when 90% of union members rejected the Ministry's final offer.


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