As of 1 January 2009, senior citizens’ union ANBO will become the 17th union affiliated to the Dutch union federation FNV. The 190,000 ANBO members will raise the total number of FNV members to 1.4 million. The affiliation was preceded by joint campaigns for people with cut state pensions and against higher rents (photo).
Since both the FNV and the ANBO offer their members assistance in filling in tax forms and both have local structures, collaboration can increase efficiency. The ANBO hopes to gain more influence on pension funds through the FNV.
Critics say that the affiliation will harm the FNV’s attempts to become more attractive to young people. However, board member Leo Hartveld says that the organisation will become more powerful and that in the future, more resources can be put into reaching young people.