FNV wants to enforce homework allowance

Trade union FNV will negotiate a homeworking arrangement with the employers, now that working from home will take longer. More than four out of five members want such a scheme, according to its own research among 9400 members. The participants in the survey mainly work for the government, in the financial sector and at call centres.

Rather, the union wants to make agreements about the right to work both at home and at the office. Nearly three-quarters of the interviewees want to do both, because working from home has advantages and disadvantages.

Lack of colleagues

The most important benefits are the lack of travel time (72%), better concentration (39%) and higher productivity (38%). The biggest disadvantages are the lack of colleagues and social interaction (64%) and less exercise (38%). Especially young people indicate that they do not have a good workplace at home.

The FNV wants to lay down the agreements in collective labour agreements. Negotiations on these will start next month in the financial sector. The union also wants to set up a homeworking arrangement with the central government and the municipalities.

Now, according to the trade union, less than one in ten employees receive a homework allowance. According to the FNV, the level of this compensation will differ per sector.

The FNV is of the opinion that this is not the case for all sectors

Coffee

The union finds a compensation necessary because homeworkers incur costs for heating, electricity and coffee, for example, but they also lose space in the house. Moreover, employers save a lot of costs when employees work from home. “It cannot be that the costs saved by the employer are now partly borne by the employee”, according to FNV board member Jong.