Netherlands -SMEs in metal have a new collective agreement -October 14, 2015

Negotiations in the metal sector stranded early this year and a series of strikes started. Finally, the negotiators in the Metal & Technical branches (mainly SMEs) reached an agreement. The agreement foresees a structural increase of pay of 4.05% (over the period March 2015 – May 2017) and a one-off increase of 0.65%. The applicable youth scales go up by an average of 7%. The agreement makes it easier for individual workers to opt for a 4-days working week, in exchange of existing holidays and other days off. The strikes in the larger metal branches are still continuing after unsuccessful negotiations.     


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