The Hague - Dutch police are planning protests to disrupt the first two
stages of the Tour de France in the Netherlands on July 4 and 5, their union,
which is demanding better pay, said on Wednesday.
Police will carry out a protest bike ride in Utrecht shortly before the
start of the race on July 4 and briefly stop competitors on a bridge in
Rotterdam the following day, the NPB union said in a statement.
"Police unions will on Sunday, July 5 protest on the Erasmus bridge in
Rotterdam for a decent new collective labour agreement," the union said.
Police will carry out traffic checks on the "advertising caravan"
that precedes the cyclists, thus also stopping competitors.
"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 will also cycle the Utrecht stage on Saturday, between 13:00 and
14:00, with the race due to start at 14:00.
Dutch police have previously said they would stage protests after their
negotiations with the government over their collective labour agreement ground
to a halt.
Police want a pay raise of 3.3 percent, higher overtime pay and a cash bonus
for undergoing a reorganisation of the police force.