Court halts public transport strike

A court in Amsterdam has banned the public transport strike planned for Wednesday morning in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, reports ANP news service.

The strike was called for by the public sector union AbvaKabo in protest at the cabinet’s plan to increase the state pension age from 65 to 67.
The transport companies in the three cities took legal action to prevent the strike. ‘This is a political question,’ the lawyer representing the transport companies is reported as saying in various media.
But according to the union, it was entitled to call the strike because the discussion about pensions is taking place across society.
Not justified
Announcing its decision on Tuesday afternoon, the court said the strike was not justified as it does not relate to a conflict between workers and employers at present.
But the judge said that unions would have been allowed to strike on October 1. At this point the employers and unions were still negotiating the issue of state pensions with the socio-economic council (SER).
Because these talks failed to reach an agreement, the judge said it is now up to the cabinet to make a decision, reports ANP.
During the hearing, the unions said that they would abide with the court’s decision, says ANP.
Passengers association Rover said it is pleased with the court’s decision to ban the strike.

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