Netherlands - Employers suspend deal - August 26, 2009

Both public service unions ABVAKABO FNV and CNV Publieke Zaak are disappointed that the employers have suspended negotiations over the new collective agreement covering ambulance workers.

With a restructuring of the sector the employers and unions agreed to negotiate a single agreement for the sector to replace a number of different agreements.

Unions thought that it would be possible to announce that a new agreement was ready on 1 September but now the employers have raised concerns over two issues, redundancy pay and second careers (the career that ambulance workers might switch to once they are too old for active duty). The unions say that the employers should have allowed for these two elements in their costs. There is also an issue about whether to be part of the ABP public sector pension fund.

Netherlands - Employers suspend negotiations over ambulance agreement; at www.epsu.org

Nieuwe cao Ambulance op de tocht at www.abvakabofnv.nl

Werkgevers zetten werkgarantie ambulancesector op de tocht at www.mijnvakbond.nl


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