Netherlands - No progress on state collective agreement - June 22, 2011

A demonstration at Schiphol airport on 21 June meant the start of a campaign by trade unions calling for a new collective agreement in the state sector. With the last agreement formally expiring 31 December 2010, negotiations over a new agreement have stalled since February. The action focuses on civil servants’ purchasing power, a jobs guarantee and employment initiatives for young workers. Renewed negotiations between a government delegation and the four unions involved, on 22 June, led to the conclusion that the Cabinet sticks to its zero wage increase policy and refuses to free an extra budget for measures to accompany redundancies socially. The unions continue to demand such measures, as well as a 2% wage increase. They have indicated to prepare for further action after the holiday season.


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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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