Netherlands -Union confederations reject zero wage increases -February 10, 2012

On 9 and 10 February, the chairpersons of the three union confederations, FNV, CNV and MHP, unanimously rejected the idea of nominal zero wage increases. A few days earlier, president Bernard Wientjes of the main employers’ association VON-NCW had held a plea for a “national zero line”. FNV president Agnes Jongerius reacted that the average wage increase is already lower than inflation, and that realisation of Wientjes’ plan would aggravate economic stagnation. CNV chairman Jaap Smit said that in some industries and companies collective bargaining would remain to allow for real wage increases.

Dutch: De Volkskrant, 10 February 2012;
http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2012/02/09/werkgevers-willen-nullijn ... 


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