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After negotiations for a 5% wage rise failed, trade union FNV called a strike as of December 19, ... [more]

After negotiations for a 5% wage rise failed, trade union FNV called a strike as of December 19, 2019 at the distribution centre of Etos Pharmacy in Beverwijk. According to the trade union, wages are now too low to live a decent life. This strike is the first strike in the century old history of the pharmacy chain which is a daughter firm of Ahold Delhaize.

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After a year of strikes, demonstrations and negotiations, a collective agreement was reached betw... [more]

After a year of strikes, demonstrations and negotiations, a collective agreement was reached between trade unions and employers in primary education. They agreed on a 4.5% wage increase for all teaching staff and other benefits. However, because the demanded extra money to relieve the work stress has not been attained yet, the planned two-day strike in 2020 will continue, the trade union AOb announced.

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CNV, the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions, the country’s second largest trade union ... [more]

CNV, the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions, the country’s second largest trade union with over 350,000 members, has opened a debate on the potential for reducing weekly working hours down to 30. The goal of the 30-hour working week is less absenteeism and burn-outs, a better work/private balance, more time for caring tasks and promoting equal opportunities for men and women.

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Tata Steel’s reorganisation in Europe will be felt the hardest in IJmuiden. 1,600 of the expected... [more]

Tata Steel’s reorganisation in Europe will be felt the hardest in IJmuiden. 1,600 of the expected three thousand layoffs will happen in this city situated near the country’s capital. Two thirds of the jobs lost will be office and management functions. Trade union FNV immediately threatened to respond with strikes. Tata will meet the Central Works Council to discuss details.

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Just before the announced strike the government offered a one-time €460 million boost. Neverthele... [more]

Just before the announced strike the government offered a one-time €460 million boost. Nevertheless, teachers are standing firm for structural increases in funding that can preserve the profession and guarantee quality education for all. More than 4,000 schools closed on 6 November to fight ongoing austerity and growing work pressure due to staff shortages. The first strikes occurred in 2017 and 2018 and were followed by a national strike at the beginning of 2019 (see Issue 3 of the Collective Bargaining Newsletter, 2019). On 25 November the trade unions announced further strikes for 2020. This time it will be a two-day action to increase the pressure.

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On 1 November two freelance photojournalists won a lawsuit against DPG Media (formerly De Persgro... [more]

On 1 November two freelance photojournalists won a lawsuit against DPG Media (formerly De Persgroep). The court rule stated that the rates DPG pays are not fair. The judge ordered to increase the rates by 50% (to 0.21 cents per word and €65 per photo) respectively. DPG Media therefore has to pay these two freelancers extra for work they did in 2018. The Dutch Association of Journalists and the Dutch Association of Photojournalists have supported the journalists in this lawsuit. The European Federation of Journalists applauded the courage and persistence of the photojournalists, particularly as this court ruling will have an impact beyond the borders of the Netherlands.

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New figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek) reveal ... [more]

New figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek) reveal that trade union membership is declining rapidly. Ten years ago 1.9 million people were members of a union, but this number has fallen to 1.6 million in 2019. Over the past two years alone, union membership fell by 100,000. The Dutch Trade Union Federation (FNV, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging) felt the biggest loss. Membership is now below one million.

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The Christian Trade Union Confederation (CNV, Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond) concludes in a su... [more]

The Christian Trade Union Confederation (CNV, Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond) concludes in a survey that one in three people employed through a temporary employment agency needs a second job. Almost half find it difficult to make ends meet. Six in 10 of the interviewed people said they would rather have a permanent job. Staffing agency workers are no longer being used to replace sick workers or take up the slack in peak periods but have become a structural part of the workforce.

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According to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI), the Netherlands has the best pens... [more]

According to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI), the Netherlands has the best pension system in the world; this is the second year in a row that the Low Country has come out on top. The indicators in the study inform the three sub-indices: adequacy, sustainability and integrity. The scores on these indices contribute to the final aggregate score. The Netherlands does well on all categories, with its highest score being for integrity.

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The FNV (Dutch Federation of Trade Unions) has set its sights on a 5% pay rise in 2020, the same ... [more]

The FNV (Dutch Federation of Trade Unions) has set its sights on a 5% pay rise in 2020, the same as its target for this year. The union also wants the minimum wage to be raised to €14 per hour for adults. The CNV (Christian Dutch Federation of Trade Unions) wants a minimum rate of €25 for freelance workers, not the ‘starvation rate’ of €16 envisaged by the government.

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