The duel between the top two premier football league teams, Amsterdam’s Ajax and Eindhoven’s PSV, has been rescheduled for March 19 following the cancellation of the game on Sunday because of industrial action by police. PSV currently tops the league while Ajax is in second place.
The police went on strike after a 13-hour meeting between unions and home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst on Friday night failed to resolve a long running pay dispute.
Meanwhile a new round of industrial action announced earlier today for Tuesday has been put off to later in the week, reports ANP news service.
A plan by the NPB, the biggest of the four police unions, to stage a go-slow on the roads during Tuesday’s rush-hour was described as ‘premature’ by the smaller ANPV. The idea that police officers should cause problems for the public was not right, a spokesman told ANP on Monday.
In a joint statement released on Monday, employers and transport organisations called on police officers not to take action that would cause economic damage. They warned the unions they are looking into the possibility of claiming compensation from the police if industrial action damages business.
The police unions were due to meet on Monday afternoon to decide what action they will take.
The unions had given the minister until midnight on Friday to come up with a ‘serious’ pay offer. During Friday’s meeting with the unions, Ter Horst raised the cash available to the police by €170m, reports the Volkskrant on Monday. The unions’ rejection of this was incomprehensible, a spokesman for the minister told the paper.
The other premier league games cancelled at the weekend are now to go ahead on Tuesday or Wednesday this week but this is not an option for PSV who are to defend their 1-0 lead against London’s Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Cup this Wednesday.
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