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Unions suspend talks with minister over civil service agreement

28 November 2014

Anger is building among civil servants after four years without a re-negotiated collective agreement. The last agreement ran until 1 January 2011 and talks with the government resumed in May this year but the four trade unions involved decided to pull out. They are particularly angry that the civil service minister is blocking a change to pension payments that would have meant a 0.8% increase to salaries from 1 January 2015. Earlier in the month unions had organised protests around over the long-delayed collective agreement. Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL) And at > NU news website (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

Home care workers campaign against threat of cuts

14 November 2014

Around 3000 home care workers gathered in the Hague on 8 November to protest against the adoption of a new law on long-term care which would lead to cuts in public spending, closure of care centres and loss of jobs. The demonstrators handed in more than 159.000 signatures to protect care services and plan a further petition if the legislation is passed. Read more at > EPSU (EN) And at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)

Members vote on welfare and social services agreement

11 November 2014

After 18 months of negotiations a new agreement covering the welfare and social services sector is being voted on by members. The CNV Publieke Zaak trade union is recommending acceptance, whereas the FNV Abvakabo trade union is not supporting the agreement. It argues that the provisions affecting older workers and pensions are inadequate and that the pay increases and lump sum payments are not good enough for a 27-month agreement. CNV Publieke Zaak believes the agreement offers workers more control over their employment conditions. The deal is backdated to 1 January 2014 and runs to 1 April 2016. There is a 1% pay increase and €300 lump sum at the end of 2014 and a €250 increase in 2015 and a further 1% from 1 October 2015. Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

Progress on pay and working time in care agreement

31 October 2014

The three unions - FNV Abvakabo, CNV Publieke Zaak and NU’91 - have negotiated a new collective agreement covering 450,000 workers in the care sector. The agreement runs from 1 September 2014 to 1 April 2016 and includes an overall 2.05% increase in pay. There is a lump sum payment on 1 January 2015 worth 0.25% of 12 times the monthly salary of January 2015, a general wage increase of 1.5% on 1 March 2015 and a second general wage increase of 0.3% on 1 January 2016. A major improvement in the agreement relates to working time with a better balance of flexibility for workers as well as a guarantee of working time instead of the zero-hours contracts faced by many. Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL) And at > NU’91 (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

Unions consult over agreement in regional government

14 October 2014

After two years without an updated collective agreement, unions in provincial government are now consulting with their members over a possible deal. The proposed agreement would be effectively backdated to 1 June 2012 and run until 31 December 2015. There will be a 2% pay increase on 1 January 2015, followed by a 1% increase on 1 July. A lump sum of €450 will be paid to all workers when the agreement is signed. Other elements include support for those made redundant in terms of help to find new jobs, training and careers advice; action on jobs for disabled and young workers; regulation of flexible working arrangements and measures to take account of increased retirement ages. Read more at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL) And at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)

Mobilising for a new collective agreement

17 September 2014

FNV Abvakabo and CNV Publieke Zaak are organising local committees to discuss the next steps in a campaign to negotiate a collective agreement covering civil servants. The previous collective agreement expired more than 1000 days ago (31 December 2010) and the unions are now looking to build up active support for a new agreement at local level to try to change the idea that a collective agreements is simply something delivered by the trade union. Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)

Unions fight care worker layoffs

22 August 2014

The FNV Abvakabo and CNV Publieke Zaak public service unions are running a campaign to prevent 363 care workers losing their jobs. The job cuts have been threatened by the ZONL care company which claims the dismissals are necessary because of cuts in funding. The unions are setting up a protest centre outside the town hall in Steenwijkerland in eastern Netherlands where they will coordinate their protests and lobby local councillors. Read more at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL) And at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)

Disabled care agreement declared generally binding

20 August 2014

The agreement covering workers in the disabled care sector was agreed earlier this year but has now been declared generally binding by the ministry of social affairs. This means that the agreement applies across the sector even at employers who are not signatory to the agreement. The collective agreement runs from 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2015 and includes a 1% pay increase from 1 October, a one-off payment worth 0.7% of salary in June and an increase in the year-end bonus from 6.75% of salary to 7.05%. Read more at > NU’91 (NL)

Finally! An agreement in local government

18 July 2014

After strike action and demonstrations on 18 June and 18 months of on-and-off negotiations, unions have finally lead to a new collective agreement covering the 165000 workers in local government. The agreement is backdated to 1 January 2013 and will run until 1 January 2016. There is a 1% pay increase from 1 October 2014 and a €50 a month flat-rate increase from 1 April 2015 that will in effect mean a 4% rise for the lowest paid and around 2.5% for those on average pay. There is also a €350 one-off payment to compensate for the delay in negotiating the new agreement. The agreement also includes a commitment to take on at least 1500 workers under the age of 27 for at least a year and to provide permanent contracts for workers who have been on three or more temporary contracts or on temporary contracts for at least two years. The agreement also includes important initiatives on procurement and outsourcing, highlighting the questions of quality, costs and social consequences for workers giving works councils a say in the process. Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

New agreement in waste sector

17 July 2014

The FNV Abvakabo and CNV Publieke Zaak unions have agreed in principle a new collective agreement with the WENb employers in the waste sector. If backed by members the agreement will run from 1 September 2014 until 31 December 2015 and will include a 2% pay increase for the 5600 workers covered. There will be a 1.25% on 1 September, followed by a 0.75% increase in June 2015. The unions have also secured a change from a performance-related bonus to a year-end bonus that they aim to convert into a 13th month payment over the long term. Read more at > FNV Avakabo (NL) And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

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