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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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Dogger, “Amsterdam’s oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal

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Dogger, “Amsterdam's oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal.

Built in 1865, the Dogger was a vessel that carried potable water to Amsterdam’s breweries before being placed on the Prinsengracht Canal in 1888. According to current owner Jeroen Elsen, the Dogger is uninsurable in its current form and cannot be transported along the canal due to its size.

Elsen, the owner of the Dogger, which was first pulled out of the water in 134 years, said the houseboat would likely sink if it remained in place, blocking boat traffic on the Prinsengracht. In an interview with Het Parool, Elsen said, “We are talking about a 96-tonne mass of steel and concrete. If it sinks, it will sink until the middle of the channel and block the passage. Then I will have huge problems.” said.

While some locals regret that they will no longer be able to see this piece of history in Amsterdam’s canals, others are glad that this rusty image is left behind. After the Dogger is dismantled, some parts will go to the landfill, but Elsen emphasizes that he will keep some parts of the boat because they are historically interesting.

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Coronavirus in the Netherlands: Autumn wave may be starting

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According to the statement made by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM), the number of positive cases in the Netherlands has increased. RIVM stated in its statement that it could be the beginning of the expected autumn wave.

RIVM announced that 12,269 positive cases have been detected in the last seven days. This figure was the highest weekly number of cases since 13 August. Compared to the previous week, an increase of 39 percent was recorded.

The RIVM recorded a total of 2,614 positive tests Monday through Tuesday across the Netherlands. This is the highest daily figure since 3 August. In Amsterdam, 94 new cases were recorded the other day.

“We are still waiting for an autumn wave,” Dutch virologists explained.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming

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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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