Netherlands -Provincial government employers given deadline to negotiate -March 01, 2012

The FNV Abvakabo and CNV Publieke Zaak public service unions have given provincial government employers a deadline till 2 March to provide a better offer, or they will consult with their members and consider industrial action. After lengthy negotiations the employers have offered a basic pay increase of only 0.69% over 19 months and nothing in respect of the unions’ calls for employment guarantees, disability benefit and a cut in the use of contract staff. The unions want a 1.5% pay increase over 12 months and are also calling on the employers to implement unfulfilled commitments included in the last collective agreement covering 11,000 workers.


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