This morning, cleaners handed out leaflets to employees arriving at the UWV social security administration in Amsterdam, demanding an eight-hour working day. “There’s a friendly approach and a not-so-friendly approach, and we’ll try them both”, union official Mari Martens said.
Many cleaners only get to work as much as three hours at one site. In order to make a living, they have to combine various jobs. Since they have to travel from one site to another, it may take them as much as sixteen hours to earn eight hours’ wages, according to trade union FNV Bondgenoten.