Netherlands - Rise of statutory minimum wage - December 30, 2010

The statutory minimum wage of the Netherlands has been increased as of 1 January 2011, by 0.59% to € 328.70 weekly / € 1,424.40 monthly for adult workers, that means those of 23 years and older (plus 8% holiday bonus). The Netherlands is still known for its exceptionally long tail of youth minimum wages, starting with 30% of the adult rate or actually € 98.60 weekly / € 427.30 monthly for 15-year-olds, again not included the holiday bonus. Though the Netherlands has a tradition of politically motivated minimum wage freezes, the current government coalition has left the uprating mechanism untouched.

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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 at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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