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Workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s Pernis refinery will organise industrial action if Shell does not ... [more]

Workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s Pernis refinery will organise industrial action if Shell does not meet their demands for a pay raise. FNV and CNV trade unions are demanding a 5% wage hike per year but so far Shell is only offering a 2.5% wage hike for 2019 and a 2% wage hike for 2020. The current collective agreement has expired 1 March 2019. Both trade unions stated that the workers at refinery will determine the shape and timing of possible actions at the beginning of next week.

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The attack on a tram in Utrecht killing three and wounding several others caused the three organi... [more]

The attack on a tram in Utrecht killing three and wounding several others caused the three organizing union federations to abort the national strike that started successfully in the early morning. Employees of various sectors were striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit early at 6:00 a.m. Public transit employees were however not the only ones performing actions. Employees of the police, fire department, military and ambulance, among others, were driving from across the country to the Malieveld in The Hague at a speed of only a symbolic 66 kilometres per hour. There they would meet other employees such as dockworkers and construction workers. Already tens of thousands of people were in action when the news arrived about the attack on a tram in Utrecht. The attack had nothing to do with the pension action but still all actions were aborted out of respect for the victims.

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Teachers of all levels of education went on a nationwide strike in demand of higher wages and mor... [more]

Teachers of all levels of education went on a nationwide strike in demand of higher wages and more investment in education. The teachers believe this to be necessary because the quality of education is under pressure. More than half of primary schools were closed because of the strike. The teachers gathered with 40,000 colleagues on the Malieveld in The Hague. This months’ protests of today are a follow-up of strikes in 2017 and 2018. The strike and manifestation were supported by all layers in education. It was also a union wide protest with the Christian union abstaining from the strike but not the other actions. The main demand iwas an extra investment in education of nearly 4 billion euros for workload reduction and salary improvement. Because salaries are too low there exists a shortage of teachers and hence the workload grows.

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Trade union FNV states that it will take grocery delivery service Picnic to court for refusing to... [more]

Trade union FNV states that it will take grocery delivery service Picnic to court for refusing to pay staff according to the nationwide sectoral supermarket labour agreement. According to the union workers are paid 2 euro an hour less than they should be payed because the company is refusing to apply the supermarket labour agreement. The company is defending itself by stating that the supermarket labour agreement doesn’t apply to them because they are instead in the e-commerce sector. Picnic is however engaging in a hard competition with supermarkets and unions believe that the underpayment of staff at Picnic is causing unfair competitions towards other supermarkets.

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The three trade unions involved have signed an agreement in principle for the new sectoral collec... [more]

The three trade unions involved have signed an agreement in principle for the new sectoral collective labour agreement for metal workers. The agreement follows 8 months of negotiating and multiple strike actions by tens of thousands of workers across the country. With the new collective agreement wages will be increased by 3.5% on 1 February, by 58 euro on 1 August and 116 euro on 1 January 2020. This pay rise will also apply to temporary workers. Furthermore both parties agreed upon a ‘generation pact’, this scheme will give older workers the opportunity to work less to remain in good health until retirement while keeping the fulltime employer's pension contribution and being partly compensated for lost wages. The agreement, that already expired 1 June 2018, will be valid until 1 December 2020 and applies to approximately 150,000 employees in the large metal sector with employers such as Fokker, ASML, DAF, Siemens, Scania, Thales and Damen.

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The House of Representatives accepts the new law Arbeidsmarkt in Balans (labourmarket in balance)... [more]

The House of Representatives accepts the new law Arbeidsmarkt in Balans (labourmarket in balance) in which differences between steady and flexible work are limited. The union movement opposed this law because it makes it easier for employers to sack employees in order to deregulate the labour market. Some advantages of the new law were also acknowledged such as the fact that the law causes flex work to become better paid and employees in payroll contracts will build up a complete old age pension. This new law still has to go through discussions in the Senate.

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A court ruled that Deliveroo wrongly classifies its workers as self-employed in two cases filed b... [more]

A court ruled that Deliveroo wrongly classifies its workers as self-employed in two cases filed by union FNV. Because there is an employment contract Deliveroo should consider its deliverers employees. There exists an authority relationship, hence delivery workers are not really free to schedule their workday as they please. The collective bargaining agreement for professional goods transport is valid for the deliverers, even retroactively. Deliveroo will appeal against the ruling.

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The FNV (Dutch Confederation of Labour Unions) starts a discussion on the feasibility of basic in... [more]

The FNV (Dutch Confederation of Labour Unions) starts a discussion on the feasibility of basic income as a means to reach a more honest division of work, income and wealth. The starting point of the discussion is a research report by Paul de Beer and Wieteke Conen in which the authors conclude that not only the active part of the potential labour population has grown over the latest 40 years but at the same time inequality has also risen.

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In a recently publishes research paper multichannel sequence analysis of labour market positions ... [more]

In a recently publishes research paper multichannel sequence analysis of labour market positions and incomes is applied to create a typology of careers starting with temporary employment in the Netherlands. The most important research conclusion is that making the distinction between traps and stepping stones only does not fully render justice to the large variety in temporary employment trajectories that is observed in the Dutch labour market: although 29.6% of the careers can be classified as stepping stones and 39.7% as traps, about a quarter (24.7%) of the individuals follow a career that does not fit into the original trap and stepping stone scenarios, because they combine high income security with low employment security or vice versa, or because the permanent contract was not the final outcome in the career.

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According to trade union FNV that bases itself on reports from the labour inspectorate, more than... [more]

According to trade union FNV that bases itself on reports from the labour inspectorate, more than a hundred temporary workers are underpaid because PostNL uses sham constructions. The trade union filed a lawsuit against the postal service company. Temporary employees do not receive the wages agreed in the PostNL collective labour agreement, but minimum wages without pension accrual which according to the union is against the law. The false constructions, also known as 'contracting', take place according to FNV in at least sixteen of the 22 PostNL depots. The lawsuit comes amidst wider industrial unrest at the postal service. Earlier this month PostNL filed a lawsuit against trade union FNV to prevent a strike that was called out because negotiations on a new collective agreement remained deadlocked.

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