Netherlands - Union confederations publish wage demands - September 21, 2010

The two largest union confederations have published their wage demands for 2011. FNV, the largest confederation, asks for a 2% wage increase and 1% to be reserved for maintaining employment, repairing of pension claims and training. The CNV confederation demands a 1.5% wage increase, equal to the projected inflation in 2011. Against the argument of the employers’ federations that the realisation of the FNV demands will frustrate the recovery of the Dutch economy, Catalene Passchier, FNV’s collective bargaining coordinator, argues that the current wage demands remain quite moderate and will be accompanied by demands for decent work. Edith Snoeij, president of the Abvakabo FNV public service union, has announced that her union will also claim a 2% wage hike, while the newly formed centre-right government coalition will most likely proclaim zero wage growth for public servants.

Dutch: De Volkskrant, 21 September 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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