Police in the Netherlands Threaten to Protest Tour de France
Better pay is what lies at the heart of Dutch police threatening to protest the start of this year’s Tour de France, which gets underway in Utrecht on July 4.
According to the Dutch media, police will carry out a protest bike ride throughout the city just before the start of the Grand Depart – with the goal of briefly interfering with riders in Rotterdam.
“Police unions will on Sunday, July 5 protest on the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam for a decent new collective labor agreement,” the union said.
In addition, police have plans to stop the “advertising caravan” for routine traffic checks, as a further means of disrupting the race.
“The checks will stop when it’s clear from live broadcasts in several European countries that the Tour de France cyclists have stopped because police are taking action for better working conditions.”
Police also plan to ride the Utrecht stage on Saturday – an hour before the race gets underway.
Dutch police pledged to stage a protest, after negotiations with the government over their collective labor agreement hit an impasse.
Police are asking for a 3.3 percent raise in salary, higher overtime pay and a stipend for agreeing to the terms and conditions regarding the reorganization of the police force.
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