Netherlands -Retailer agrees to end reduced youth wage scales -October 29, 2015

Trade union FNV has reached a collective bargaining agreement covering 2,800 employees with the retailer group De Bijenkorf in which the store’s young employees will be paid full adult wages instead of the reduced youth wage. The result fits in a campaign of the trade union under the slogan equal pay for equal work. As a result an 18-year-old and a 23-year-old doing the same job will be entitled to the same pay. The collective agreement runs from 1 October 2015 to 1 July 2017, with pay increases as of 1 February 2017 and 1 May 2017.


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