Netherlands - Agreement in metal sector - March 31, 2016

After a period of unsuccessful negotiations followed by a long series of strikes, the trade unions and employer representatives in the metal sector reopened the negotiations. At the end of February the delegations reached an accord in principle for a new collective agreement. The agreement, with a duration of 37 months (1 May 2015 till 1 June 2018), was sent to the members for approval. By the end of March it came out that the deal was overwhelmingly backed up by the union members. The agreement includes a nominal improvement of the youth wages, a general pay increase of 2.1% on 1 April 2016, a nominal bonus of 0.5% in July 2016, a general increase of 1.25% on 1 January 2017, a nominal bonus of 0.6% in March 2017, a general increase of 1% on 1 August 2017 and a general wage increase of 1.55% on 1 January 2018. Additionally, employers pay a levy to the sectoral social funds in 2016 and 2017 for training and education.

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