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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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After two 24-hour strikes at branches of Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) coffee company in Joure and U... [more]

After two 24-hour strikes at branches of Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) coffee company in Joure and Utrecht on November workers won a 5.8% wage increase and agreed upon a new collective agreement. The 5.8% wage increase will be spread out over the course of two years and two months. Besides the wage increases the workers and their unions succeeded putting a stop to plans of the company management to create a two-tier wage system that would pay new workers substantially less than people that are already employed by the company.

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According to a ruling by the Supreme Court, Hungarian drivers who drive for a Dutch transport com... [more]

According to a ruling by the Supreme Court, Hungarian drivers who drive for a Dutch transport company should be paid according to Dutch standards. The ruling was the result of the drivers and trade union FNV going to the Supreme Court as they successfully contested an earlier decision from the Supreme Court of Den Bosch. The drivers have Hungarian contracts and salaries but they do not work in Hungary. They do not transport goods in or out of Hungary but in and out of the Netherlands.

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Negotiations between unions, employers and the government on reforming the pension system collaps... [more]

Negotiations between unions, employers and the government on reforming the pension system collapsed and the three big unions pulled out. The unions say the government is not doing enough to meet their demands for a slower rise in the official retirement age, which is going up in line with life expectancy projections and is set to reach 67 by 2021 and is lacking structural solutions on most issues. Other important issues fort the unions are an early retirement options for workers in hard physical jobs and accommodating self-employed workers into the pensions system. Trade union FNV has announced strong actions to reinforce its pension requirements.

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Trade unions FNV and CNV have given Bovag, who represents the interests of garage owners, an ulti... [more]

Trade unions FNV and CNV have given Bovag, who represents the interests of garage owners, an ultimatum as current negotiations on a new collective agreement for motor vehicles and two-wheelers remain deadlocked. One of the main points of dispute is Bovag demanding its workers to work on Saturdays while that used to be a normal day off. While the company states that workers should adapt to the changing society and be more flexible, workers are strongly against involuntarily shifts on Saturday as they need this day to be able to spend time with their families and watch their children sport. The trade unions threaten with strike actions if Bovag doesn’t respond properly to the ultimatum. Besides the rejection of involuntary Saturday shifts the unions demand a 3.5% pay rise and options for elderly employees to reduce their working hours when they’re close to their retirement age.

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Ryanair cabin crew based at Eindhoven airport organised another 24-hour strike. This time the cab... [more]

Ryanair cabin crew based at Eindhoven airport organised another 24-hour strike. This time the cabin crew workers went on strike to protest a sudden decision of Ryanair made earlier this month to close its Eindhoven basis and the way they treat their employees. This decision would effectively mean that cabin crew and other staff are forced to relocate. Trade unions and politicians believe the sudden decision to close its Eindhoven basis is as a retribution for strike actions earlier this year when Ryanair workers put forward demands concerning union recognition and the application of Dutch labour laws instead of Irish laws and legislations.

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The countries’ two biggest trade unions, FNV and CNV, are jointly calling on their members and sy... [more]

The countries’ two biggest trade unions, FNV and CNV, are jointly calling on their members and sympathizers to come to Dam Square in Amsterdam on Saturday 10 November for a large demonstration against government policies. The unions urge the government that was intending to give billions of euro to multinationals in tax benefits, to pay decent wages in the public sector and to invest in a higher social standard. Since the plan for the abolition of dividend tax, which would give the multinationals more tax benefits, is now off the table the unions demand that the reserved money should end up with the people.

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A judge has ruled that 16 temporary workers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are receiving a supplem... [more]

A judge has ruled that 16 temporary workers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are receiving a supplementary payment of between €6,500 and €50,000 each, according to an announcement by Dutch union FNV. The workers were cargo handlers and worked through a company called Flexcargo for DHL or Menzies. They did not receive the normal irregularity allowance. Most of the workers, many of whom are from the UK and Poland, are in the meantime directly employed by DHL.

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Trade union FNV has a tradition of yearly setting one nationwide percentage for the pay rise that... [more]

Trade union FNV has a tradition of yearly setting one nationwide percentage for the pay rise that they will demand in the hundreds of collective agreements in which they are involved. For 2019, FNV will go for a pay rise of 5%, the highest pay rise they’ve come forward with in 30 years. According to the union, wages are growing to slow in the context of rapid economic growth and labour shortages and thus a pay rise of 5% is reasonable. Besides the pay rises, FNV will focus in the upcoming bargaining season on creating more secure jobs. Employers’ associations are of the opinion that a central pay demand is a backward concept.

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The Minister of Justice and Security turned to court in an effort to stop planned labour actions ... [more]

The Minister of Justice and Security turned to court in an effort to stop planned labour actions by the police. The police unions called on officers to only respond to emergencies, and not perform any of their other duties. According to the Minister, this would jeopardise safety. The police action formed part of numerous police protests for a better collective bargaining agreement. Trade unions ACP, ANPV, NPB and VMHP have been protesting for a better collective bargaining agreement for weeks. Shortly after, the unions, the Ministry and the National Police Chief reached a new collective bargaining agreement. All actions were suspended.

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