Netherlands -Printing employers return to negotiating table -February 9, 2012

Since November 2011, the printing unions have been trying to include both a wage hike repairing purchasing power damage and a ban on toxic solvents in the new collective agreement for the so-called grafimedia sector. The old agreement expired on 31 January. After the employers’ associations did not react on a union deadline by that date, the largest union, FNV KIEM, organised industrial action in some large printing companies, broadly supported by its membership. As a result, on 9 February the employers’ delegation agreed to return to the negotiating table.

Dutch:  NRC-Handelsblad, 8 February 2012

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