Last Wednesday, a delegation of cleaners and their children visited Paleis Noordeinde to draw the attention of the queen to their situation. The queen herself was not immediately available, but children did leave drawings for her.
Last week, cleaners at the Heineken Experience and the University of Amsterdam joined the national strike.
CEO Jos Nijhuis of Schiphol Airport is fed up with the mess and has called on the cleaning companies to make concessions. He added that Schiphol itself in its role as contractor also wants to make a ‘contribution’. However, Rob Bongenaar of employers’ organisation OSB opts for escalation. “We’re going to reconsider our offer, it may be lowered as well,” he told press agency ANP.
In Amsterdam, workers of the Municipal Transport Company (GVB) have urged management to improve the cleaners’ conditions of employment. Union members in the transportation sector sent a solidarity message. In Den Bosch, action groups held a picket at the OSB office.
Many politicians also support the actions, although Liesbeth Spies (CDA) said in a radio show today that as far as she is concerned, cleaners will not get a raise. “I hope they’ll just go back to work at some point,” she added.
This afternoon, green party GroenLinks presented its draft list of candidates for the 9 June election. One of the proposed candidates is Linda Voortman of FNV Bondgenoten, who plays an active role in the cleaners’ campaign.