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Union refuses to sign deal with government

14 August 2015

The FNV has refused to sign an agreement with the government covering a broad range of public sector workers. The union has challenged the government to clarify what the deal would mean for pensions in particular. While the government claims it is offering a 5.05% pay increase, the FNV argues that part of this money comes from reduced pensions and so is in fact worth only 2.85% with a €500 lump sum. The union will continue to campaign for a better deal and for collective agreements covering civil servants and other public sector workers. It also wants a commitment for more permanent rather than temporary jobs across the public services. Read more at > FNV (NL)

New agreement in general practice

30 July 2015

The FNV and CNV trade unions have negotiated a new two-year agreement covering workers in general practices. In terms of pay the agreement, backdated to 1 March 2015 will deliver a 3.75% increase in four stages. There are also provisions on shift work and annual leave affecting older workers and additional funds for trainees. Read more at > FNV (NL)

MPs back union calls for negotiations

15 July 2015

The FNV union is pleased that a vote in Parliament provides it with support for renewed negotiations covering civil servants. Union negotiator Marco Ouwehand says the unions are ready to negotiate to provide a collective agreement for the 120000 civil servants after 1700 days without an agreement but they want to see a serious offer on the table from Minister Stef Blok. Read more at > FNV (NL)

Massive support for petition to stop cuts in care

26 June 2015

The FNV and CNV trade unions have been overwhelmed by the level of support for their petition calling for an end to cuts to the care sector. The target of 300000 signatures was reached within weeks and the final total was 736759 when the petition was handed over to the government on 19 June. At the same time FNV members employed by the TSN home care organisation have been protesting against the employers plans to cut 650 jobs and cut the pay of its remaining employees by 30%. The workers have organised a four-day protest across four towns beginning on 22 June. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > FNV (NL)

Court ruling to boost healthworkers’ holiday pay

25 June 2015

A recent court ruling in the Hague has confirmed a European Court of Justice judgement that health workers’ holiday pay should include some compensation for payment for any irregular shift work. The ruling is good news for all nurses and carers who work irregular shifts but who have only received basic pay during their annual leave. They can now claim any for any underpayments going back five years. Read more at > NU’91 (NL)

State sector workers continue protests over collective agreement

25 June 2015

State sector unions are running a campaign to put pressure on the government to negotiate a new collective agreement. The unions are angry that the civil service minister has only offered a 0.5% increase after four years of pay being frozen. The unions are calling for a 3% pay increase and improvements to employment conditions, particularly a reduction in flexible contracts. The unions are involving workers in a range of different protests at different times across the country. For example, customs staff will be doing full checks of all goods and baggage going through the port of Rotterdam on 29 June and at Schiphol on 6 July which will means longer queues and delays and on 18 June several hundred tax workers and prison officers joined a demontration in Amsterdam. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > FNV (NL)

Agreement in University Medical Centres ends zero hour contracts

12 June 2015

Health unions have negotiated a new 32-month agreement covering 70000 employees in University Medical Centres. The agreement is backdated to 1 April this year and runs until 1 January 2018 and includes long-term provisions to increase the employment of people with disabilities with 215 taken on this year and 895 by end of 2018 and regular increases beyond that. Temporary jobs will be converted into permanent ones and there will be guaranteed minimum hours and so an end to zero-hour contracts. Pay will be increased by 0.8% as of 1 April this year then three increases of 1% in August 2015, 2016 and 2017. There will also be a €200 paid in January 2016. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV (NL) And at > NU’91 (NL)

Pay rises for mental health workers

28 May 2015

Unions organising in the mental health sector have negotiated a new collective agreement which will be put to a membership vote for approval. There will be pay increases of 1.75% on 1 July 2015 and 1.25% on 1 July 2016. There will also be a 0.5% increase in the annual bonus in December 2016 and a lump sum payment of 0.5% of salary on 1 December 2015, followed by a further payment of 0.3% of salary in December 2016. The agreement includes conversion of temporary and zero-hour contracts to permanent jobs. The agreement will take effect on July 1, 2015 and runs until 1 March 2017. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV (NL) And at > NU’91 (NL)

Rotterdam march launches actions by civil servants

28 May 2015

Around 1400 civil servants joined a march over the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam calling on the public service minister Stef Blok to reopen negotiations on a new collective agreement. The protest marks the beginning of what could be several months of action with demonstrations already planned in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, Leeuwarden and Maastricht. It is four years since the last agreement expired and unions are calling for pay rises to compensate for lost purchasing power as well as action to reduce precarious work. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV (NL)

Ambulance workers take action

15 May 2015

Ambulance workers across the country are taking industrial action to put pressure on the employers to negotiate a decent collective agreement. The FNV and CNV unions are concerned about workloads, the pressures of work and securing a pay increase of around 2.5%. They want action to address the negative impact of night shifts, particularly on older workers, and to tackle violence. The unions will be working to rule with a ban on overtime. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV (NL)

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