Dutch Company Cancels Christmas Festivities to Be Sensitive to Muslims

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam municipal transport company (GVB) bus-drivers and tram personnel cannot celebrate Christmas any more. GVB is axing the event to please Muslims, newspaper de Telegraaf suggested yesterday.

Personnel association VTN has been told by GVB management that “the multicultural representation of the colleagues at the Christmas party is too one-sided.” Supposedly, GVB meant to say that only white GVB staffs have been attending the annual event organised by management in the past years. It has therefore halted its financial contribution to the Christmas party.

“We have a limited budget and want to organise something that is intended for everyone,” said GVB spokeswoman Brit Wijkniet. “Perhaps a New Year drinks party.”

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