Netherlands -Strike action of cleaners continued -March 01, 2012

Cleaners continued their strike combined with creative action, demanding a new collective agreement for 150,000 workers laying down better pay, including sick pay, but also enough time to do the job properly, and more respect and appreciation. In already nine cities they organised, jointly with their union, FNV Bondgenoten, “Marches for Respect”. On 27 February, some 2,000 cleaners held a sit-in at the Utrecht University campus. The strikers have got quite some support, both national and international. For example, on 28 February, a delegation of the 10,000-member Union of Clients of Financial Institutions, employees of the ING Bank and cleaners handed over a petition in support of the cleaners’ demands to ING management in Amsterdam. Earlier, on 15 February, a delegation from the Belgian ABVV/FGTB confederation and UNI Europa gathered in front of the Dutch Embassy in Brussels and met with the representative for Social Affairs to express their solidarity (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 December 2011 and Year 5 January 2012).

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