Public transportation in the Netherlands was seriously disrupted Thursday morning after regional transit workers walked off the job at 4 a.m. in a one-day strike. The labour action is meant to call attention to what the workers have called unreasonable work pressure, and a pay raise that is capped 40 percent lower than what the bus drivers and train conductors wanted.
Dutch labor union FNV has announced a massive regional transit strike scheduled to take place on Thursday that will shut down many public transportation routes including tram lines in Utrecht. The planned action is because workers could not get guarantees to reduce job stress, and a proposed salary increase is smaller than demanded.
Timo Huges, former CEO of Dutch rail company NS, was acquitted of fraud in the tender process for public transport in Limburg by the court in Den Bosch on Thursday. Five other suspects of fraud in this case were also acquitted, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded a year in prison against Huges. He was accused of bribery, forgery and leaking confidential information. Huges always maintained that he was innocent, did not know about any fraud and did not interfere with the tender.
The Dutch Authority on Consumers and Market (ACM) fined rail company NS 41 million euros for fraud in the procurement of a contract for regional public transit in Limburg, the authority announced on Thursday. According to ACM, NS misused its "economic dominant position" to distort competition by intentionally entering a loss-making bid, NU.nl reports.
Two 18-year-old vloggers will not be fined or sent to prison for jumping on the roof of a Veolia train in June, the court ruled on Friday according to 1Limburg.
The judge did order the two boys, Willem Vink and Jimmy van Vonderen, to go have a conversation with Veolia train drivers. The drivers will tell the about their traumatic experiences with people who jump in front of trains.
Public transport company Veolia is pressing charges against video blogger (or vlogger) Willem Vink, who recently posted a video of himself and a friend jumping onto the roof of a train to travel between the stations Nijmegen Heyendaal and Mook-Molenhoek on the Maas-line
A tanker leaking hydrochloric acid has caused quite a bit of havoc in Molenhoek, Limburg on Monday morning. The tanker is on an industrial estate on Bovensteweg, not far from Nijmegen. Emergency services have closed down the area, which is covered in a smoke cloud. The risk to public health is as of yet unclear
A horrible accident between a train and a truck loaded with gas cylinders was narrowly avoided on Friday. A quick thinking train driver managed to pull off an emergency stop and get the train halted before it crashed into a truck that was stuck on the rails.
NS CEO Timo Huges has been accused of abusing his power in Limburg. The Telegraaf writes that Huges forwarded an email he received from transport company Veolia to NS sbsidiary Qbuzz, while this is strictly prohibited.
South African Nobel prize winner and anti apartheid activist Desmond Tutu wrote in a public letter to the Dutch Pension Fund that ABP must withdraw from Israel, Het Parool reports.