Today’s action was organized by the FNV union. One of the organizers and speakers is Jenny Koppens from FNV. She expects about fifty employees of Intervention to be present. In total, the youth protection organization has around 90 employees. Not everyone will want to come, Koppens estimates and 15 employees will go to work anyway. “We want to be able to guarantee the necessary care”.
The alderman of Vlissingen, Albert Vader, responded to Omroep Zeeland’s situation on Friday. The father speaks on behalf of the Zeeland aldermen who canceled the contract with Intervence. He called the unrest that arose “unnecessary and shameful”. Vader also said the manipulation was done with care.
Koppens, in turn, calls Vader’s statements “scandalous.” Zeeland municipalities have a legal obligation to keep educators and children together, she said. Koppens said he sounded the alarm about it earlier this year with the Zeeland Aldermen, but she has found no answer.
This week, she says she hasn’t received any response yet. The union had drawn up a set of requirements, but there was no response. “They will do it later, but I don’t know what the reaction will be.” One of the conditions is that the decision must be postponed for three months. “We also want a guarantee for financial settlement and transparency of business. Secret documents must be on the table.”
Intervention employees are on strike