Netherlands - Unions agree energy deal and splitting of agreement - April 29, 2010

The three unions involved have negotiated a new 12-month collective agreement, from 1 May 2010 to 1 May 2011, in the energy sector with a 1.1% pay increase as of 1 June 2010. There will also be a lump sum payment worth 0.4% of annual salary to be paid in January 2011 into a so-called benefit budget. This is for employees to use according to their personal preferences and so could provide greater working time flexibility. The agreement also includes provisions on training and initiatives to take on young unemployed workers. From 2011 on there will be separate negotiations for two collective agreements, acknowledging that production and supply companies face a competitive environment differing from regulated network companies. Deadline for the membership ballot is 15 May.




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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