Netherlands -3-year agreement for cleaning sector -May 27, 2013

The trade unions (FNV Bondgenoten and CNV Vakmensen) reached an agreement with the Employers’ organisation Cleaning and Office services (OSB) for a collective agreement in the cleaning sector after a long period of negotiations and strike actions that, according to an opinion poll, had a 70% public support.

The trade unions (FNV Bondgenoten and CNV Vakmensen) reached an agreement with the Employers’ organisation Cleaning and Office services (OSB) for a collective agreement in the cleaning sector after a long period of negotiations and strike actions that, according to an opinion poll, had a 70% public support. Cleaners at train stations and in trains, employed by outsourced cleaning companies, went on strike in the end of April after negotiations with OSB failed. They asked a €0.50 pay hike and an end to the practice of waiting periods, which leaves cleaners without sick pay for the first two days when they are ill. Railway company NS offered to act as an independent mediator to resolve the conflict. The 3-year agreement stipulates an annual pay increase of 2%, with an additional year-end bonus of 0.2% (thus 6.6% for the total contract period). The first two days of sick leave for account of the workers will be abolished step-by-step (one on 1 January 2015, one on 1 January 2016).

English: http://student.uva.nl/en/announcements/content/2014/05/agreement-in-principle ...  

http://www.thehagueonline.com/headlines/2014-05-22/ns-cleaners-strike-rubbish-in-trains ...  

http://www.nltimes.nl/2014/05/28/janitors-strike-reach-deal-union/

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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