Netherlands - Unions finally agree care sector deal - November 25, 2010

After lengthy and difficult negotiations the four unions involved (Abvakabo FNV, CNV Publieke Zaak, NU’91 and FBZ) have managed to negotiate a new basic collective agreement covering around 400,000 workers in nursing homes and home care. The deal runs backdated from March 2010 to March 2012 and results in a total pay rise of 3.1%. It includes a 0.5% increase from 1 September 2010 plus a lump sum in December worth 0.6% of annual salary. There are then two increases of 0.75% in 2011, in January and July, with the end-of-year bonus increased by 0.5%. Employers commit to allocating 2% of the paybill to training and additional leave provisions for older workers are retained along with new possibilities to save hours for younger workers. Union members can vote the basic agreement until 15 December (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 October 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 at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2010.

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