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KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Aug 13 '18 09:19

KLM pilots are threatening to strike if the Dutch airline does not respond to their demands for a better collective bargaining agreement before Friday, the Telegraaf reports based on a letter pilots' union VNV sent to its members.

The pilots demand a lighter workload and a wage increase, according to the newspaper. The negotiations between KLM and VNV have been deadlocked since VNV members rejected the proposed collective bargaining agreement in May. A spokesperson for KLM confirmed to the Telegraaf that the negotiations are "in a difficult phase". 

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Aug 10 '18 13:30

An increasing number of Dutch are turning to the courts to change their first names, the Council for the Judiciary said on Friday. The Council does not have a clear explanation for the increase, NU.nl reports.

In order to change your given name, you need a lawyer to submit a petition. In 2015 a total of 503 people did so. In 2016 there were 583. And last year there was a small decrease to 576. 

teacher
Aug 10 '18 12:40

The massive primary school teacher shortage in the Netherlands seems to be mainly limited to the big cities in the west of the country, according to figures from benefits agency UWV that newspaper Trouw requested. There are enough, or even more than enough, teachers in the north, east, and south of the Netherlands, the newspaper writes.

As you get farther away from the big cities, it becomes easier and easier to fill vacancies. Outside the Randstad there are still more teachers than there are jobs available, and some teachers even struggle to find work.

Photo: Ryanair
Aug 10 '18 07:43

Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands are striking on Friday. Despite this Ryanair said that no flights to and from the Netherlands will be canceled. Other pilots will be flown in to handle the affected flights, according to pilots' union VNV, NOS reports.

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Aug 9 '18 16:30

There is a worldwide shortage in pilots. Boeing estimates that 790 thousand pilots will be needed in the next 20 years. KLM is poaching pilots from competitors TUI and Corendon, sources from within KLM told the Telegraaf. 

"It is a fact that there is more demand for pilots than supply in the market at the moment", a TUI spokesperson said to the newspaper. According to him, TUI pilots that are quitting are mainly pilots of planes used for international destinations.

Corendon also said that their pilots are being hired away by KLM, according to the newspaper. 

Amsterdam city center
Aug 9 '18 08:38

An illegal hotel was closed down for three months in Amsterdam's West-Indischebuurt earlier this week. The hotel was discovered during extra checks the city is doing this week and next, Het Parool reports.

The illegal hotel was closed due to fire hazards, according to the newspaper. The apartment offered six rooms to rent under names like the Harry Potter Room and the Van Gogh room. Eleven people were staying in the apartment. The illegal hotel was boarded up and the owner and tenant of the apartment were each fined 20,500 euros.

Photo: Ryanair
Aug 9 '18 08:18

Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands plan to strike for 24 hours on Friday, pilot union VNV announced. Ryanair filed summary proceedings to prevent the strike. The case will appear in the court in Haarlem on Thursday afternoon, NU.nl reports.

Aug 8 '18 11:50

While two-income households in the Netherlands increasingly had more disposable income in the period between 2006 and 2016, single-income homes actually deteriorated and became more likely to get into trouble, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. 

ABN Amro World HQ
Aug 8 '18 10:10

ABN Amro is taking various measures at its corporate bank, including scrapping 250 jobs. The bank wants to increase this department's profitability, ABN Amro announced at the presentation of its figures for the second quarter, Het Parool reports.

The corporate bank, officially called the Corporate and Institutional Bank (CIB), accounts for 2,600 of ABN Amro's total 19 thousand jobs. CIB is responsible for financing shipping and the energy sector, and for managing acquisitions and IPOs. 

Firefighters' gear
Aug 8 '18 08:56

Peter van Uhm, former commander of the armed forces, was appointed as a 'strategic adviser' to help with the modernization of the Amsterdam fire department by advising commander Leen Schaap and mayor Femke Halsema on how to achieve it. He starts on August 20th, Het Parool reports. 

Amsterdam's Red Light District
Aug 7 '18 12:00

Amsterdam is implementing cleaning breaks in the Red Light District during busy nights. Parts of the street will be temporarily be closed to the public, so that the mess left by visitors can be cleaned up. This is one of the measures new mayor Femke Halsema is taking to quickly solve problems in the overcrowded Amsterdam city center, following damning reports by the city's ombudsman, Het Parool reports.

Aug 7 '18 11:10

A fire broke out at a coating company in Venlo during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Hazardous substances were measured in the smoke released. The air alarm in Venlo was sounded and an NL-Alert was issued, warning local residents to stay out of the smoke, keep their windows and doors closed, and turn off their ventilation, NU.nl reports.

A slight amount of sulfur dioxide was measured, which can cause eye irritation, breathing problems and swallowing problems. There were also reports of formic acid released by the fire, but this turned out not to be the case. 

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Aug 7 '18 09:10

American companies are investing less and less in the Netherlands. This is mainly due to tax reforms in the United States - president Donald Trump reduced corporation tax significantly, making it more attractive for American companies to invest in their own country. But the Rutte III government's planned crackdown on shell companies may also play a role, NOS reports.

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Aug 6 '18 16:10

Women who work at municipal offices in the Netherlands earned slightly more than their male colleagues for the first time last year. The average gross monthly salary of women came out at 3,679 euros, compared to 3,653 on average for their male colleagues, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from the annual staff monitor by the A+O fonds Gemeente.

Photo: Ryanair
Aug 6 '18 14:50

The Dutch pilots working for Irish budget airline Ryanair gave the airline until Tuesday to present a If the airline does not meet that deadline, the Dutch pilots will strike, pilots' union VNV said, according to ANP.

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Aug 6 '18 14:00

A 46-year-old pilot was caught under the influence of alcohol at Schiphol during the early hours of Sunday morning. While preparing the plane before departure, ground staff noticed that the pilot smelled of alcohol and notified the police, NOS reports.

A breathalyzer test a few hours later showed that the pilot's blood-alcohol level was 0.26. The maximum level allowed for pilots is 0.2 per mille. Aircraft personnel are not allowed to drink any alcohol 10 hours before departure.

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Aug 6 '18 13:10

The Borssele nuclear power plant will remain shut down in the coming days for an extensive inspection. The plant shut down automatically on Saturday afternoon due to a malfunction. Operations will only restart after the inspection is done and the cause of the malfunction is found, a spokesperson for the Zeeland electricity producer EPZ said to newspaper AD.

The malfunction occurred in the reactor safety system. "The nuclear power plant is designed in such a way that it automatically goes to a safe state", the spokesperson said. The cause of the malfunction is under investigation.

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Aug 6 '18 12:20

Dutch grid managers expect that they will not be able to afford their part of the energy transition from 2030. They receive too little money, because the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM wants to keep the rates low, Enexis, Alliander and Stedin said to the Financieele Dagblad on Monday.

Heineken
Aug 3 '18 15:20

Heineken bought a 40 percent stake in the China Resources Beer, the largest beer brewer in China, in a deal that cost the Dutch beer giant a total of over 1.9 billion euros. In practice the deal enables Heineken to sell its assets in China to CR Beer, and that CR Beer will sell Heineken products under its license through its widespread network, ANP reports.

Greenco gives away millions of cherry tomatoes, unsaleable due to heat, 3 August 2018
Aug 3 '18 12:10

Vegetable giant Greenco is giving away some 6 million cherry tomatoes for free. Due to the hot weather, the tomatoes saw too much sun, causing their skin to become wrinkled. They can therefore no longer be sold because their quality is too low for supermarkets.

Lighting_a_cigarette
Aug 3 '18 08:54

There are plans in motion to ban smoking on multiple Rotterdam streets in the area around Erasmus MC, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Erasmiaans Gymnasium, AD reports. According to non-smokers association Clean Air Nederland, if these plans succeed, Rotterdam will be the first municipality to implement a smoking ban for entire streets.

Yellow railway crossing in Baarn
Aug 2 '18 10:30

ProRail is expanding its experiment with bright yellow-colored railway crossings after a first test in Baarn proved to be successful. According to ProRail, road users used the yellow crossing in Baarn more carefully, the number of incidents decreased, and the yellow crossing also strengthened the sense of security, NU.nl reports.

Police
Aug 2 '18 09:50

The police unions expanded their labor actions in their conflict with the police about a collective bargaining agreement for officers. From Thursday police officers will no longer collect outstanding fines and other overdue payments, NOS reports.

Photo: Ryanair
Aug 1 '18 13:30

Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands will strike if the Irish budget airline does not take pilot union VNV's "one last chance" to come to a collective bargaining agreement. The union considers it unlikely that an agreement will be reached, a VNV spokesperson said, NU.nl reports.

VNV and Ryanair have been negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for some time, but the negotiations are at a deadlock, according to the union. "We doubt whether they want to come to a collective agreement", the spokesperson said. The union sent Ryanair its ultimatum on Tuesday. 

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