An opinion poll commissioned by state-run Dutch radio indicated that more than 60 percent of those questioned were opposed to the reforms presented by the centre-right government combining Christian Democrats, Liberals and centrists.
Trade unions said 60,000 people marched against the government proposals on the eve of the presentation of 2005 budget. Individual police officials quoted the figure of 30,000 but police headquarters declined to give an estimate. The city's dockers went on strike for the day as did public transport workers in Rotterdam and The Hague. The ECT container transit firm in Rotterdam has been virtually paralysed since Sunday evening. Only a handful of administrative and security staff were working, company director Jan Gelderland told the ANP press agency.
Around 1,000 teachers in the Rotterdam region, along with hospital and museum workers, have said they will also take industrial action Monday. The country's union confederations have called a national day of action in Amsterdam on October 2. They say they expect 100,000 people to take part (включая, судя по всему, и odarka-у; слава богу, без ребятёнка, по последним сведениям.