Netherlands - Months of industrial action end with victory for metal workers - February 28, 2019

The three trade unions involved have signed an agreement in principle for the new sectoral collective labour agreement for metal workers. The agreement follows 8 months of negotiating and multiple strike actions by tens of thousands of workers across the country. With the new collective agreement wages will be increased by 3.5% on 1 February, by 58 euro on 1 August and 116 euro on 1 January 2020. This pay rise will also apply to temporary workers. Furthermore both parties agreed upon a ‘generation pact’, this scheme will give older workers the opportunity to work less to remain in good health until retirement while keeping the fulltime employer's pension contribution and being partly compensated for lost wages. The agreement, that already expired 1 June 2018, will be valid until 1 December 2020 and applies to approximately 150,000 employees in the large metal sector with employers such as Fokker, ASML, DAF, Siemens, Scania, Thales and Damen.

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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) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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