Netherlands - Permanent jobs for casual workers at Ahold distribution centres - December 18, 2010

After two weeks of strikes, strategically in the Christmas sales peak, in the six distribution centres of supermarket chain Albert Heijn (AH) unions and management reached a basic agreement. AH is market leader and the main Dutch subsidiary of Ahold. As one of the union spearheads was bringing down the share of flexible workers in the centres’ workforce, currently one-third, the fact that the agreement includes the offer of permanent contracts for 200 agency workers and workers with fixed-term contracts is regarded as a major result on the union side. Total employment in the AH distribution centres will remain at the same level. Over 2011 and 2012, twice a 2% pay hike has been agreed. FNV Bondgenoten union negotiator, Marcel Nuyten, praised the efforts of the AH workers involved.

English: http://unionrenewal.blogspot.com/2010/12/permanent-jobs-for-casual …

Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/mijnbranche/bedrijven/albert_heijn_distributie ...

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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