Netherlands - Union membership continues to decline - October 31, 2019

New figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek) reveal that trade union membership is declining rapidly. Ten years ago 1.9 million people were members of a union, but this number has fallen to 1.6 million in 2019. Over the past two years alone, union membership fell by 100,000. The Dutch Trade Union Federation (FNV, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging) felt the biggest loss. Membership is now below one million.

Read on: in English ... Read the report: in Dutch ...

For more information, please contact Paul de Beer or Oana Ciuca, De Burcht (Scientific Bureau for the Dutch Trade Union Movement) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Mehmet Koksal
For previous full issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit or consult the archive with all articles in our database at
You may find further information on the ETUI at

News Archive