Netherlands - Employers break off care sector negotiations - September 22, 2010

Employers in the nursing home and care sector have broken off negotiations with the unions with failure to agree over pay and the personal budget scheme as well as maternity improvements, flexibility and training. Unions were looking at achieving an increase of around 3.5% over two years, whereas the employers offered only 2.5%. Union action in support of the collective bargaining claim has been going on over recent workers and further action is planned. The unions argue that the employers are missing a good opportunity to make working in the sector more attractive and so tackle recruitment problems.




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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