Netherlands -Plans for modernised trade union confederation presented -May 1, 2012

On the first of May, a commission lead by former social affairs deputy minister Jetta Klijnsma presented its plans for a reformed trade union confederation, De Nieuwe Vakbond (The new union movement), to replace the country’s largest union FNV. The commission stated the new confederation should be more democratic, more modern and transparent and its membership should have direct influence and say at every level. Proposals include the right for members to choose the union leader in direct elections and to call for referendums on strategy. The proposals will be put to a vote during the FNV congress at the end of June.

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