Netherlands - Dilemma for unions at TNT Post - October 27, 2009

TNT has announced that after union members in May 2009 rejected a proposal for the reorganization at TNT Post in the Netherlands, it has decided to go ahead with thousands of job cuts, only wanting to employ part-time workers from now on. Based on two research reports presented in late October, the five unions involved conclude that either job cuts or wage cuts are inevitable, though -also according to one of the reports- these cuts can be less deep than suggested by TNT. The unions announced to organise a referendum, in which TNT workers will be asked to choose either for wage cuts or for continuous wage increase, recognizing that the last option will most likely lead to forced dismissals.

English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/iportal.nsf/pages/homepageEn;

Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/vakbonden_prijsoorlog .; http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/article1308095.ece/Vakbonden_ .

 

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