The care sector is demonstrating today at the Malieveld in The Hague, but without care workers. Because of the coronavirus measures they will stay away. Instead, symbolically hundreds of pairs of shoes have been put in the grass.
The protest ‘More than applause’, organized by trade unions and left-wing parties, takes place largely online. Politicians make speeches from a glass house on the Malieveld.
One of the care workers about the shoe protest:
In the run-up to Prinsjesdag (15 September), the health care sector is arguing for a structural increase in wages and a reduction in the workload. Staff also want fewer rules and more respect.
The demonstration can be followed via a live stream:
Last week, sources in The Hague reported to the CCeit that there will be no extra pay increase for care workers, but that they can count on a ‘coronabonus‘ again next year. This would be a one-off bonus of 500 euros.
For this year the staff has already been promised a bonus of 1000 euros. Opposition parties also wanted an extra wage increase for the health care personnel, but the majority of the House of Representatives was opposed to this.