Netherlands - Unions mobilise for sheltered workplaces - May 30, 2011

In April, the government announced massive cuts in spending on sheltered workplaces (‘Sociale Werkplaatsen’) and related arrangements. The municipalities were supposed to take over most tasks in this field from the national government, and this was laid down in a so-called management accord between government and VNG, the association of municipalities. It soon became clear that this accord still implied large budget cuts, with 70,000 of 100,000 handicapped workers involved supposed to find jobs in the ‘regular market’.  Also, negotiations for a new collective agreement for workers at the sheltered workplaces have been broken off. The unions have already undertaken quite some local actions, and now focus on 8 June, when the representatives of the municipalities will meet in a small town to discuss the management accord.

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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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