Welfare to work organisation Entree will pay membership in FNV Bondgenoten for all of its 1,200 employees, who are former social assistance recipients. Director Eric Rooze estimates the costs of the agreement at ‘tens of thousands’ euros.
“Never before in the history of the trade union movement has an employer structurally paid trade union membership fees for its employees, at least not at this scale”, FNV Bondgenoten’s regional officer Gea Lotterman told Dagblad van het Noorden.
“This is a group of employees that we are normally not in touch with. Through our collaboration with Entree, we get a better idea of their situation: how are they treated by employers after they have found a regular job, do they get a fixed contract and if so, what are the conditions”.
Entree’s Eric Rooze sees the agreement as a service to his employees / clients. “Our clients are a rather vulnerable group. They have not had a job for years. Therefore this group of employees is not as assertive as the average employee”.
As part of the agreement, Entree employees will be entitled to full legal support from the union. Normally, people are not entitled to full support until after they have been members for one year.
Entree employees who prefer to join a Christian union can join the CNV-affiliated union, in which case similar conditions apply.
Source: Dagblad van het Noorden, Volkskrant
CORRECTION. Media incorrectly reported that Entree employees will immediately be entitled to full legal support. They get a free membership for one year, after which they will be entitled to full support.