Soldiers to "lay siege" on Ministry of Defense in contract talks dispute

The Ministry of Defense in The Hague
The Ministry of Defense in The HaguePhoto: Jesterhat84 / Wikimedia Commons

The Ministry of Defense will be "under siege" from its own staff on Friday. Soldiers will block all entrances and exits of the Ministry's building in a labor action for better working conditions, the military unions announced, ANP reports.

Defense's military and civilian workers have been without a collective bargaining agreement since 2013, according to the news wire. Negotiations for a new agreement stranded in the spring. The unions rejected a final offer by the Ministry, which included a wage increase of 2 percent and money for training.

The action in The Hague on Friday takes place between 11:15 a.m and 12:45 p.m.

Last month the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military - already performed actions at the airports of Rotterdam and Eindhoven.