Friday, 29 March 2013

Growing confidence in unions


Normally, there is a high level of confidence in unions in the Netherlands. In the second half of 2011, there was a decline, probably as a result of the internal problems the FNV experienced at the time. Currently, there confidence is rising again. At the end of last year, 61% of the population had confidence in the unions; by now, this has risen to 66%, according to the newest edition of the ‘Citizen Perspectives’ monitor of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP).
The SCP offers no explanation for this development. Over the past months, unions have made headlines because of speculations about a possible national agreement between employers, unions and the government; but also because of numerous actions for ‘decent work’, including actions for the quality of care at nursing homes and a joint strike of permanent workers and agency workers at the distribution centers of supermarket giant Albert Heijn.

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