Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The Netherlands: More industrial action, better outcomes

During the first five months of this year, the number of collective actions has doubled relative to the same period last year, the Dutch union federation FNV has announced.

Those actions were often a necessary response to employer proposals to deteriorate employment conditions. In sectors that saw industrial action, better collective bargaining agreements have been reached. The average wage increase, 1.73%, is better than last year.

Mariëtte Patijn, collective bargaining co-ordinator at the FNV:
We want employers to treat people in a sustainable manner. We want them to provide honest jobs for everybody, paying living wages, without exploitation and underpayment. This requires that workers mobilise. This will not happen overnight. We expect this to take a couple of years.

The graph shows the average number of actions and ultimatums per month over the first five months of each year.

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