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No public transport in Amsterdam on Tuesday as strikes continue

Monday 06 June 2011

There is no public transport in Amsterdam on Tuesday, as bus, tram and metro workers go on strike in protest at government cuts.

City public transport services stopped at around 03.00 hours and will not start again until 01.00 hours on Wednesday morning.

However, regional bus services supplied by private companies Arriva and Connexxion will continue. Their drivers are set to ignore calls to respect the strike and not cross the city boundaries, the Telegraaf reports.

'We don't like strikes. We are here for the passengers who have paid for their journey and have the right to transport,' Arriva director Anne Hettinga told the paper.

Amsterdam tram and bus drivers are angry that the government is poised to cut €120m from public transport spending and force the city, plus Rotterdam and The Hague to put bus and tram services out to tender.

Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen has not yet finalised her plans but says public transport can be more efficient. 'Some 60% of public transport is subsidised and that can be reduced,' she is quoted as saying in the Telegraaf.

The Hague's public transport will be hit by a 24-hour strike on Wednesday and Rotterdam will follow on Thursday.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

More money wasted but the taxi companies will do well.

By The visitor | 6 June 2011 8:34 PM

Good initiative this strike, I support it 100%. it seems that the new government has money for paving new roads - for folks that choose to have cars or have chosen to live far from their work so that they must drive a car - but no money for the public transport system that most of us use everyday.

By Bill | 7 June 2011 6:16 AM

It figures, the worst bus companies Arriva and Connexxion do not respect human life...

By alanposting | 7 June 2011 10:15 AM

I definitely support this, even if I had to make it to the office as a companion on my partner's bike :)

By Bogdan | 7 June 2011 10:39 AM

If "put out to tender" means privatization then I also support this initiative 100%.

By stretch | 7 June 2011 11:17 AM

How can anyone support a strike like this? I have a monthly pass which is used 20 days a month. So with this strike I lose 5% of its value, which isn't much. But the ones really hurt are the elderly, who use transportation for groceries, medical , and family visits. I won't blame the government for this strike, I blame those who strike, and those foolish enough to support them.

By DH | 7 June 2011 11:50 AM

I support it 100%, its too expensive anyway since they introduced the OVchip. Its also lovely having less trams in the city though I was still held up by a slow number 80 bus today though.

By Jimmy K | 7 June 2011 1:27 PM

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