Netherlands - Job security central in Corus agreement - April 21, 2010

The FNV Bondgenoten union and the Corus steelworks, subsidiary of the Tata Steel Group and employing 9,500 workers, have reached a basic collective agreement prolonging job security and excluding forced dismissals till 1 October 2012. According to Aad in ‘t Veld, FNV Bondgenoten officer, “This accord is of crucial importance in view of the major reorganisation Corus is actually planning.” He emphasized that the union prioritised job security over wage hikes. The agreement includes a wage increase for 2010 of 0.75%, as of 1 July 2010, and a lump sum payment of Euro 200. Pay and conditions for 2011 will be negotiated later (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 March 2010).



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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