Netherlands - Majority of union members back pension agreement - July 2, 2010

The referendum in writing the FNV union confederation organised between 19 June and 1 July among the 1.2 million members of its affiliated unions on the basic national agreement on the pension age union negotiators agreed last May, produced an 80% majority of about 160,000 voters in favour of the agreement. The accord provides for lifting the current age from 65 to 66 years by 2020, with flexibility to retire earlier on a lower pension (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May and June 2010).

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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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