Netherlands - Highest pay demand in 30 years - September 30, 2018

Trade union FNV has a tradition of yearly setting one nationwide percentage for the pay rise that they will demand in the hundreds of collective agreements in which they are involved. For 2019, FNV will go for a pay rise of 5%, the highest pay rise they’ve come forward with in 30 years. According to the union, wages are growing to slow in the context of rapid economic growth and labour shortages and thus a pay rise of 5% is reasonable. Besides the pay rises, FNV will focus in the upcoming bargaining season on creating more secure jobs. Employers’ associations are of the opinion that a central pay demand is a backward concept.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer © ETUI


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