Dutch trash collectors agree to end strikes

Amsterdam negotiated an end to a long waste collection strike.

Dutch trash collectors agree to end strikes

Amsterdam negotiated an end to a long waste collection strike.

The deal, which was announced by the city and trade unions on Saturday, means tourists will no longer encounter the sight and smell of piles of accumulated trash.

"The municipal cleaners will go back to work as soon as possible now that the Association of Dutch Municipalities and the unions have reached an in-principle agreement," the city of Amsterdam said in a statement.

Dutch trash collectors agreed to end their strikes, which also brought waste collection in the city of Utrecht to a standstill, after they were offered a two-year collective agreement with better pay.

While lower-than-usual seasonal temperatures meant the overflowing bins and metre-high mountains of waste damaged Amsterdam's landscape more than sanitation, there were concerns about the strike's impact had they carried on into the summer.


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Last Mod: 16 Mayıs 2010, 16:36
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