So far this year 176 thousand chicken, pigs and cattle were killed in 13 barn fires, according to figures from animal rights group Wakker Dier. That is already far more than the 122 thousand animals that died in 31 fires last year, according to figures from the fire brigade and insurers. Animal rights organizations and coalition party D66 are demanding measures from Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, AD reports.
The Dutch association of insurers VNV warn Dutch who bought electric scooters, skateboards and unicycles while vacationing abroad to remember that they are not allowed on public roads in the Netherlands. Also remember to insure them - if you end up in an accident with an uninsured e-scooter, you may have to pay the damages yourself, the VNV warns, NOS reports.
An estimated 200 taxi drivers will be protesting on the Malieveld in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon against ride-hailing service Uber. Before the protest, two convoys of taxis will travel to The Hague from Amsterdam and Rotterdam at low speeds, not exceeding 60 kilometers per hour. The taxi drivers expect to start their protest in The Hague just after noon, the Telegraaf reports.
Uber is taking measures following a series of fatal accidents involving its drivers in Amsterdam. The ride-hailing service is increasing the minimum age for its drivers from 18 to 21 years, and new drivers must have at least a year of driving experience. Uber, in cooperation with safe traffic association VVN, is also developing a mandatory road safety course for all its drivers under the age of 25, NOS reports.
The age limit will only apply to new drivers, existing drivers who are under the age of 21 can continue to work for Uber.
Ryanair can't simply dismiss its staff that worked from its Eindhoven base for the time being, benefits agency UWV concluded after assessing a collective dismissal request submitted by the Irish budget airline, unions VNV and FNV announced.
Ryanair filed for the collective dismissal of its Dutch staff, including 16 Dutch pilots who previously won a lawsuit against the Irish budget airline, pilots' union VNV said. Ryanair said it is taking this step for economic reasons, NU.nl reports.
Sixteen Ryanair cabin crew workers at Eindhoven Airport have been fired by the Irish budget airline, according to union FNV. According to the airline, these workers were still in their trial period, which lasts a year according to Irish employment law, NOS reports.
Irish budget airline Ryanair plans to go through with the closure of its base at Eindhoven Airport on November 5th. This is despite the fact that the court in The Hague ruled on Thursday that the airline made the decision to close the base on unlawful grounds and has to forgo the closure, NOS reports.
The Dutch pilots that work for Irish budget airline Ryanair will join an international strike by Ryanair cabin crew on Friday. The airline canceled a total of 190 flights for Friday, including at least 22 to and from Eindhoven Airport. Some 4 thousand Dutch passengers will be affected, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
Canadian Benjamin Smith was appointed as the new CEO of Air France-KLM - the first time in its 85 year long existence that a French man is not at the head of the French-Dutch airline combination. Smith is currently the chief operating officer of Air Canada. He will take office at Air France-KLM on September 30th at the latest, NOS reports.
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".
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.
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.
The Dutch pilots working for Irish budget airline Ryanair gave the airline until Tuesday to present a better wage offer. If the airline does not meet that deadline, the Dutch pilots will strike, pilots' union VNV said, according to ANP.
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.
The thunderstorms that raged across the Netherlands this week caused between 5 million and 10 million euros worth of damage to homes in the Netherlands, according to insurers' union VNV. Damages to cars, government buildings and the agriculture sector are not yet included in that amount, RTL Nieuws reports.
The damages are difficult to estimate, because the storms involved very local showers. But the damages don't seem to be very severe, according to VNV. This is mainly because there was little hail. Hailstones cause a lot of damage to cars, agricultural crops and greenhouses.
Dutch insurers want a 'black box' installed in each car. According to the Dutch association of insurers VNV, such a event data recorder (EDR) will not only make handling damage claims and finding the guilty party of an accident easier, but will also help prevent insurance fraud and increase traffic safety, NOS reports.
"A data recorder will provide us with a lot of information about road safety, where things go wrong, how things go wrong. We can also use this data to make the Netherlands more traffic safe", the insurers said according to the broadcaster.
After a large strike by Transavia pilots on Monday, pilots working for KLM are also considering labor actions. Pilots' union VNV expects to make a decision on this matter by the end of next month, union chairman Arthur van den Hudding said to ANP.
A strike held by Transavia pilots at airports in the Netherlands ended at noon. Now the airline will focus on carrying out as many of the flights scheduled for Monday as possible, so that most passengers can still reach their destination today, Transavia CEO Mattijs ten Brink said according to ANP.
Transavia pilots can count on little support from the thousands of passengers affected by their strike on Monday. Social media is largely filled with complaints about the strike, and the timing thereof.
Transavia pilots are on strike until noon on Monday, resulting in around 30 Transavia flights being delayed or canceled - 18 from Schiphol, six from Rotterdam and six from Eindhoven Airport. Only departures are affected by the strike. Arrivals are still on schedule, NU.nl reports.
The strike actually started at midnight, but the first affected flight was only scheduled to depart around 6:00 a.m.
Dutch Transavia pilots are planning to strike in the second half of this month - during the February holidays. The approximately 500 Transavia pilots have been without a collective labor agreement for more than a year, and negotiations with the airline about better working conditions stalled on Friday, NOS reports.
"At the moment, a strike seems to be the only way to enforce our demands", the Dutch pilots' union VNV wrote on a flyer being handed out at Schiphol this week.
Behind the scenes KLM pilots are preparing labor actions to force the Dutch airline to meet their demands for a new collective bargaining agreement, pilots union VNV confirmed to Het Parool. KLM wants to conclude a long-term agreement with the pilots. But according to VNV, there are so many disagreements about major topics that a short-term in-between collective bargaining agreement must first be concluded to restore calm while the talks on a long-term agreement continue.