Two hundred agency workers and workers with fixed-term contracts at the distribution centres of Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn (Ahold) will get a permanent contract and permanent workers who leave will not be replaced with casual jobs. In addition, workers get two 2% pay rises over two years. Last night, trade unions and Albert Heijn reached an agreement in principle to that effect. Until members have voted on the agreement, strikes have been suspended.
“This agreement has been reached thanks to the boundless efforts of workers involved in the actions. They have shown AH that they care about the company – that they too constitute AH’s store brand”, negotiator Marcel Nuyten of FNV Bondgenoten said in a first response.
Three thousand permanent workers and 1,500 casual workers work at the Albert Heijn distribution centres.