Public transport strike on 28th May: Trains will now run to Schiphol, the court rules

Will trains run to Schiphol during the public tranport stike in the Netherlands on the 28th May? The answer is yes!

Many of us were worrying about the public transport strike on 28th May, but mainly to and from Schiphol airport. Well, now the judge has ruled that the strike must not take place in the area around Schiphol.

The judge has said that ‘Schiphol must be accessible by train’, according to RTL Nieuws. This is because it’s one of the busiest areas in the country and it would be chaotic and if there are crowds of people it can be unsafe.

This is bad news for trade unions and the people who now have to work though, as the whole point of the strike was to force change (as with any strike). RTL Nieuws reports that Schiphol was warned about the strike a month ago and was offered a safety meeting, however, they waited until the last minute, panicked and then filed proceedings against the trade unions to prevent the strikes full stop – this was what the trade unions have claimed. The judge then ruled for it to not go ahead just in the Schiphol area.

 

Where and when will the trains from Schiphol during the public transport strike run from?

A train will run every 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central – Schiphol and back, stopping at Sloterdijk and Lelylaan, during before, during and after the strike.

 

Is the national public transportation strike still going ahead everywhere else?

Yes, almost every single place in the country will strike! There will be no public transportation on Tuesday 28th May from the early morning, all the way until the start of Wednesday 29th May – so 24 hours.

 

Why is the national transport strike taking place?

Trade unions want the retirement age to freeze, as it’s rising to 67 by 2024. They want the retirement age to stay at 66, as they argue that it’s heavy work and their workers have the right to a healthy retirement.

This strike originally took place on the 18th March, but it was interrupted by the attack in Utrecht.

Will you be striking? Let us know in the comments!

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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