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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)

No progress on government sector agreement

29 April 2015

Trade unions in the state sector have effectively pulled out of negotiations over a new collective agreement following a meeting with civil service minister Stef Blok. The unions are looking for a pay increase that would begin to compensate for the pay freeze that has lasted since the previous collective agreement expired over 1600 days ago. The minister could only talk about a possible 1% increase over the next two years but didn’t want to make any commitment before knowing about pension contributions. Unions are planning to give the minister an ultimatum calling for proper negotiations or the unions will begin a campaign of action. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

Civil service pay negotiations get underway

16 April 2015

Negotiations over a new collective agreement for civil servants have begun with unions presenting central government minister Stef Blok with a petition signed by over 30000 civil servants demonstrating the strength of feeling for a new collective agreement. The main aims of the unions are to secure a 3% pay increase, a deal on job security and an allowance in recognition of the long period (over four years) without a revised collective agreement. Read more at > FNV (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

Hospital workers get 6.5% over 34 months

19 March 2015

After mobilising members and putting pressure on management, unions in the hospital sector have managed to secure a new collective agreement in principal that will deliver a 6.5% pay increase over 34 months. The agreement runs from 1 March 2014 to 31 December 2016 and covers around 120000 workers. The deal includes a 3% per year increase in the training budget as well as a commitment to convert flexible contracts into permanent contracts. Read more at > FNV Zorg & Welzijn (NL) And at > NU’91 (NL)

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