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Strike wave spreads in Europe due to high cost of living

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Strike wave spreads in Europe due to high cost of living

Due to the high inflation and high cost of living in Europe caused by the war initiated by Russia in Ukraine, various sector workers in England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands went on strike one after another.

After the Second World War, the war in Ukraine, described as the biggest humanitarian drama in Europe, left 6 months behind, and the effects of the war began to be felt not only in this country, but also in Europe.

The European Union (EU) member states, which are heavily dependent on Russia in the field of energy, have implemented 7 sanctions packages against the Moscow administration. However, the embargoes that came into force to punish Russia have not only dragged this country but also Europe into a serious economic bottleneck.

Inflation rising to record levels across Europe, unavoidable high cost, and the inability to increase the wages of the workers at the desired level, caused the workers in many countries to decide to strike.

Experts are of the opinion that, especially with the opening of schools in September, economic problems will become much more noticeable in Europe, and that workers will leave their jobs in order to raise their salaries in many countries that have not yet taken a decision to take action or strike.

Many unions strike in England

Labor unions in different sectors have taken collective strike decisions in recent weeks due to the melting of the incomes of the employees in the face of increasing inflation in the UK and the salary hikes offered below the inflation rate.

Alongside the dispute over pay raises, workers are also demanding improvement in working conditions and pension rights.

Those who quit their jobs include subway workers, bus drivers and UBER drivers, teachers, dockers, criminal lawyers, healthcare workers, sanitation workers, aviation and postal service workers.

The strikes of cleaning workers continue in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, with approximately 1900 employees of Felixstowe, which is currently one of the most important ports in England’s freight transport.

Criminal lawyers, who went on strike last month, decided to strike again for the next month as a result of their vote on August 22. Criminal lawyers will go out of business indefinitely in England and Wales from 5 September.

Postal service and telecommunication sector workers in the UK will also hold a work stoppage in the coming days. Health workers in Scotland also voted to go on strike in the coming days.

Strike in Germany costing 35m euros

Despite the holiday period in Germany, on 27 July, upon the call of the Verdi Union, ground staff at Lufthansa went on a warning strike demanding an increase in wages. Munich and Frankfurt airports, one of the country’s most important airports, were locked due to the strike.

Over 1,000 flights were canceled due to the strike, and 134 thousand passengers were affected. After the strike, which cost about 35 million Euros, the employer was able to reach an agreement with the Verdi Union.

On the other hand, collective bargaining negotiations between Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, and the Cockpit Union, the pilots’ union, have stalled.

In a statement made by the Cockpit Union Union, it was stated that the collective bargaining negotiations were stalled and urged members to vote to determine whether they supported the union’s path in the negotiations. As a result of the voting, the union may decide to strike.

Spanish airline workers on strike

The strikes that started in the air transport sector in Spain since the beginning of August have a negative impact on both the passengers and the country’s tourism.

It was stated that many flights were canceled and hundreds of flights were delayed due to the strikes initiated by Ryanair and Easyjet airlines staff and the Iberia Express airline staff will participate in this weekend.

The cabin crew of the Irish airline Ryanair in Spain have been on strike to cover weekdays (Monday-Thursday) since 8 August, after the failure to reach an agreement in the collective bargaining agreement.

At Ryanair, which has flights to airports in 10 cities in Spain, flight attendants announced that they would continue their strike until 7 January 2023 if their demands were not met.

The pilots of the Swiss-based Easyjet airline have also been on strike only on weekends since 12 August, demanding that their salaries be brought back to pre-pandemic levels.

Dutch railway workers on strike

Dutch State Railways (NS) employees decided to strike after their demands for an increase in their salaries were rejected.

The 24-hour strike, which started in the northern region of the country at the call of the Dutch Confederation of Trade Unions (FNV) and other unions, will continue alternately in different regions until 31 August.

In the country, where transportation problems are experienced due to the strike, the unions demand that the monthly salary of NS employees be increased by 100 euros and a one-time payment of 600 euros to the employees due to the increase in inflation and the decrease in purchasing power.

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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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The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020

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Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.

It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.

About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.

So, what brand of vehicles do those who have bought or will buy electric cars among our followers use? We are waiting your comments.

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.

Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.

Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.

The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.

Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.

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