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Public transport workers go on strike in Den Haag, Netherlands

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Public transport workers go on strike in Den Haag, Netherlands

Employees of the public transport company HTM in Den Haag went on a one-day strike. Workers want better wages.

Employees of the HTM company, which operates public transport in Den Haag , went on a one-day strike. Bus and tram services in the city were canceled due to the strike.

RandstadRail employees, which organize flights between Den Haag and Zoetermeer, also joined the strike. 

5 percent increase in salaries demand
In the statement made about the strike organized by FNV and CNV, it was stated that a 5 percent increase in salaries was requested in order to increase the purchasing power of the employees.

In the statement, it was announced that after the strike in Den Haag today, strikes will be held in some cities in the Friesland and North Brabant regions on Friday and Saturday.

HTM company announced that there has been a loss due to the corona crisis in the past two years, so the salary increase will not be at the desired level.

Making a statement just before the announcement of the strike, the company stated that there will be a 3.1 percent increase in wages unilaterally this year.

About 2 thousand people work in the HTM company. Every day, approximately 325,000 passengers are transported on 13 tram and 10 bus lines. 

In addition to HTM, Den Haag, public transportation services are also provided to the surrounding centers such as Delft, Zoetermeer, Rijswijk, Nootdorp, Westland, Leidschendam and Voorburg. The company says it will lose about a quarter of a million euros if all trams and buses are not running for one day.

Employees of the EBS company, which provides intercity bus services, went on strike on Wednesday.

Strikes in 4 districts on Friday and Saturday
FNV announced on Thursday that it will hold strikes in the cities of Leeuwarden, Dokkum and Heerenveen in the Friesland region, and in Bergen op Zoom and Roosendaal in North Brabant on Friday. 

On Saturday, staff working in public transport will go on strike in the cities of Heijen, Roermond and Arnhem.

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Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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A new night train from Amsterdam to Barcelona!

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A new night train from Amsterdam to Barcelona!

Railways organization European Sleeper submitted its night train offer between Amsterdam and Barcelona to Dutch Consumers and Markets Authority ACM. If permission is granted, the Barcelona night train will start its services on 10 December 2023.

The new night train will also stop at many of the Netherlands’ train stations. These stations are expected to be Amsterdam Centraal, The Hague HS, Rotterdam Centraal and Roosendaal. Train services are estimated to be three times a week. In addition, it is stated that the possibility of daily voyages may occur in the future. The number of expeditions will be determined by capacity and equipment adequacy.
European Sleeper, as a Dutch-Belgian company, was established last year to close the night train gap to Europe and to be an alternative to air travel. The organization recently announced that it would open night train services to France in cooperation with Sunweb.
Night train services have developed in recent years, but have come to a standstill with the pandemic. Currently Nightjet offers night trains from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem to Frankfurt. On this route, passengers can transfer to Basel, Zurich, Munich, Innsbruck or Vienna.
Another company, GreenCityTrip, operates night trains from the Netherlands to Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy and Sweden with tour operator TUI.
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Minimum civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will be 2 thousand euros

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Minimum civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will be 2 thousand euros

In the Netherlands, the Ministry of the Interior announced that the minimum civil servant salaries will increase by 2.5 percent as of July 1 to 2,016 euros.

In the next two years, civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will increase in three stages. In a structural sense, the salary increase will be 75 euros per month, while a one-time gross will be 900 euros.
The 2.5 percent increase will be experienced on 1 July. Officers will receive a one-time fee of 450 euros on 1 December. In April 2023, civil servants’ salaries will increase by 3 percent, while civil servants will receive a one-time fee of 450 euros. At the beginning of 2024, the increase will be 1.5 percent.
The new salary arrangement will affect 130 thousand civil servants.
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Enjoy the canals of Amsterdam with paddle boarding!

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Today we will examine the Paddle Surfing (Canal Sup) event for you. SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle. In this activity, you will stand on a large surfboard and sail along the canal with paddles in hand!

Paddle surfing is one of the most developed water sports in recent years. Judging by the recommendations, those who try it will immediately understand why this sport is flourishing!
So, will those who want to paddle surf need any training? This is among the first questions that come to mind, but no, you don’t need training to paddle board.
It is enough to know how to swim and to balance on the surfboard. If you want, you can do paddle surfing by standing on your knees rather than standing up. Don’t forget to post a photo on Instagram while standing up!
Prices for paddle boarding usually start from 10 euros. You can enjoy surfing for one, three hours or half a day if you want!
Surfboards also vary according to the number of people. One can ride the surfboard for two, alone or with a friend or lover. But remember, it’s important to stay in sync and balance!
There is also the opportunity to canoe for those who are worried about falling. This way you can both enjoy the channels and feel much safer!
Well, have you ever tried paddle surfing in Amsterdam? Share with us in the comments!
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