Staff at the Hema department store in Groningen have to be on call for their boss from 7 am to 7 pm, 6 days per week. When they protested, the boss responded with threats. “We can’t keep on showing consideration for everybody,” a Hema spokesperson explained the new flexibility demands to the Volkskrant.
In the same newspaper, union official Bart Plaatje of FNV Bondgenoten says that it is all connected to the acquisition of the Hema chain by private equity firm Lion Capital. “I’m sure they’ve also been hit by the crisis, but to treat your staff this way is simply exploitation.”
The Hema staff were supported by a group of a few dozen union activists, which has been founded earlier this year in order to support union members who are in trouble.
Photo SP Groningen