The MP’s are concerned over an issue they don’t really understand. In his letter, Kamp emphasizes the interest of the polder [institutionalized labour relations]. In addition, he writes that there is sufficient support for the CLA negotiations. So what problem is he trying to solve?
A spokesperson of employers’ organisation AWVN also has his doubts about Kamp’s initiative:
CLA’s function properly. The fact that cleaners and employers reached a CLA this week, shows that social partners are motivated to reach a solution.
Former Minister of Social Affairs Bert de Vries (social-democrat) warns for negative consequences of tampering with CLA’s:
As a minister, I have looked into ways to allow exceptions to CLA’s that have been extended to an entire sector. But this is not a real economic problem. The housing market, pensions, those are far more important. If we start tampering with CLA’s, I’m afraid that people who aren’t in a very strong position to begin with will become even more vulnerable.”