Netherlands - Unions focus on abuse of flexible contracts - January 11, 2011

The leaders of the major trade union confederations, FNV and CNV, in their New Year speeches both announced to focus on the widespread abuse of flexible and short-term contracts, as they called it. FNV president Agnes Jongerius referred to figures of the official UWV institute that one-third of all Dutch employees is currently working on a flexible contract. According to a FNV survey of December 2010, 60% of flexible workers is not working as call-out or short-term staff by choice. According to Jongerius, the FNV wants the government to make sure workers on flexible contracts have better rights, including better access to social security benefits. CNV president Jaap Smit said to agree that working patterns are changing and labour market reforms needed, but “We must ask ourselves how we can put healthy limits on these developments.”

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Dutch: De Volkskrant and NRC-Handelsblad, 11 January 2011


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