Netherlands - Pension strikes aborted due to attack tram Utrecht - March 31, 2019

The attack on a tram in Utrecht killing three and wounding several others caused the three organizing union federations to abort the national strike that started successfully in the early morning. Employees of various sectors were striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit early at 6:00 a.m. Public transit employees were however not the only ones performing actions. Employees of the police, fire department, military and ambulance, among others, were driving from across the country to the Malieveld in The Hague at a speed of only a symbolic 66 kilometres per hour. There they would meet other employees such as dockworkers and construction workers. Already tens of thousands of people were in action when the news arrived about the attack on a tram in Utrecht. The attack had nothing to do with the pension action but still all actions were aborted out of respect for the victims.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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