Netherlands -Anti-union attitudes criticised -October 02, 2012

U.S. and Dutch unions are strengthening ties in a campaign to reverse the trend of stiffening anti-union attitudes. The campaign targets Royal Ahold NV, an Amsterdam-based corporation that owns supermarket chains in the United States and Europe. Ahold’s growth strategy seems aimed at undermining unions, if not eliminating them entirely, according to members of a delegation of Dutch trade unionists visiting the United States. A similar pattern is evident in Europe, says the trade union FNV’s special liaison to Ahold. A recent expansion of Ahold into Belgium saw the company employ legal loopholes to prevent unionisation of the new workers even though Belgium’s labour law is otherwise friendly to unions.

English: http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/13936/european-style_union …

 

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