In recent contract negotiations, Dutch union FNV Bondgenoten has focussed on strengthening the position of agency workers and on raising the wages of young workers. In an analysis half-way the negotiations season, it presented the results so far.
Twelve new collective agreements contain a cap on the use of temporary workers. 34 contain agreements on using only certified temp agencies and 14 contain agreements on (partly) abolishing the lower salary scales for young workers. So far, the union has negotiated 99 collective agreements for 950,000 workers. Another 108 agreements for 790,000 workers still have to be concluded.
The union also presented a survey among some 2,000 workers in cleaning, taxis, supermarkets, mail delivery and agency workers. Seventeen percent of the respondents indicate they have to borrow money each month to make ends meet. Painfully, only 1 in 5 expect their income to improve the coming years. Board member Anja Jongbloed of FNV Bondgenoten (pictured): “These people work very hard, often in demanding and responsible jobs, and they can hardly make ends meet. That has to change and we will do all we can to make that happen.”
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