Netherlands -Major unions reject pension accord -September 20, 2011

The two largest unions in the FNV union confederation have rejected a national deal on pensions. Late on 19 September, a large majority of the unions represented in the Federation Council of the FNV confederation voted in favour of the deal that FNV chair Agnes Jongerius earlier agreed with government and employers, including some extra concessions reached the week before in parliament. Yet, the Abvakabo FNV public service union and FNV Bondgenoten private sector union, representing a majority of FNV members but due to representation rules jointly lacking controlling voice in the Federation Council, continue to argue that the deal does not do enough to help low-paid workers who will lose out if they want to retire at 65 once the retirement age is increased to 66. They are concerned that the workers will be shouldering too much of the risk in terms of investment returns and there should be more of a commitment from employers to increase funding during economic downturns. Both unions have denounced their confidence in Agnes Jongerius, and will put forward their own pension demands in upcoming collective bargaining. A commission will be appointed to advise on the confederation’s decision-making structure and culture. The CNV union confederation believes the pension accord is in the right direction but also has concerns over the impact on low-paid workers and those in difficult and stressful occupations (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 June and July-August 2011).

Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/archief/281576 ...  

http://www.cnv.nl/blog/blog-post/2011/09/13/bonden-en-minister-spreken ...

English: http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/trade-unions-vote-raise-retirement-age

http://www.europeanpensions.net/ep/Small-majority-of-FNV-in-favour ... 

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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