Thursday, 4 October 2012

American-Dutch coalition for union rights at Ahold

Dutch and US unions have joined forces to defend worker rights at Ahold, the Netherlands-based supermarket multinational, In these times reports. Ton Augustinus, Marcel Nuyten and Silja ten Wolde of FNV Bondgenoten criticize the corporation for presenting a social face in the Netherlands while trying to go non-union in the US, and, as Nuyten indicates, now in Belgium as well. Ten Wolde explains how American and Dutch Ahold workers made their case at the AGM earlier this year. “The chairman was annoyed. They were celebrating the 125th anniversary of the company and we kind of ruined the party.... But we are still thinking that we can hold them to standards that they themselves have set.”

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