Netherlands - Further conflict possible in municipal sector - March 23, 2011

Local government unions FNV Abvakabo and CNV Publieke Zaak are concerned that municipal employers will go back on their agreement (covering 180,000 public servants) to pay a 1% salary increase in 2011. The rise was dependent on union commitments to negotiate on delivering efficiency savings, reducing bureaucracy and modernizing the collective agreement. The unions are putting forward a range of measures and argue that the employers should take a longer term view rather than just focusing on the need to ensure that short-term efficiency savings justify the 1% pay increase. Despite the tensions, in the 22 March bargaining round both parties decided to continue negotiations.

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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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