Netherlands - Unions call national demonstration in defense of public sector jobs - January 6, 2011

The public services unions jointly are organising a national demonstration on 17 February in the Hague in protest at the government’s attacks on the public and education sectors and public service workers. A union manifesto highlights the vital services provided by public sector workers and emphasizes their right to freely negotiate their pay and conditions. The unions argue that the public sector should not bear the brunt of austerity measures and call for measures to avoid job cuts, as well as that redundancies would be short-sighted in view of the increasing trend to retirement arising from the ageing public sector workforce. The Abvakabo FNV union adds that a meeting with the Home Affairs minister on 17 December was disappointing in terms of the prospects for the negotiations over a new agreement covering the civil service. The minister confirmed that the government would be looking for job cuts and a pay freeze. The union reaffirmed its call for a 2% pay increase and a stop on job cuts.

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/395

Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/samen-sterk-voor-publiek-werk;

http://www.mijnvakbond.nl/Onderteken-manifest-publieke-sector

 

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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