Netherlands - Union wants equal pay for temps at Tata Steel - February 10, 2011

The FNV Bondgenoten union has formulated its demands for collective bargaining at Tata Steel (formerly Corus), covering 9,500 workers and scheduled to start 2 March. The current agreement expires by 31 March 2011. As the steel market and Tata Steel are recovering, the union sees room to ask for a 2% wage hike and an increase of the year-end bonus from 2% to 3%. A major demand is that temporary workers will be paid equally to permanent workers and that Tata Steel records with third parties that a collective agreement applies. First negotiator of Bondgenoten, Aad ‘t Veld, said: “Everyone working at the Tata site in Ijmuiden is entitled to a good package of pay and benefits.” He also stressed the need to bring down work pressure in many departments and teams, for example by offering young incoming workers permanent contracts.

English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF

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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