Netherlands -Workers in sheltered employment demonstrate -November 11, 2011

Demonstrations in the cities of Tilburg and Arnhem have been organized on 8 and 10 November by workers in sheltered employment, in support of their claims for a new collective agreement but also in protest at the massive cutbacks across the sector. The local authority employers’ federation, VNG, wants to freeze pay. Moreover, the current government coalition is planning to cut 70,000 of the 100,000 jobs currently available in sheltered workplaces, while allowing exemption for employers from paying the statutory minimum wage to those by then exposed to the  ‘regular’ labour market (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 May 2011).




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) or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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