Despite the corona crisis and the economic contraction, the FNV is committed to a wage demand of 5% for vital professions and for sectors that have been very successful in recent months in the collective bargaining negotiations for next year. In sectors where things are going badly, the trade union wants to make agreements on the redistribution of work. The FNV is also working hard for a minimum wage of EUR 14 per hour.
We do not want the crisis to be passed on to the working Netherlands, says Zakaria Boufangacha, the unions collective labour agreement coordinator. On the contrary, the Netherlands must emerge from the crisis more socially. Employers have an important responsibility in this respect
Traditionally, the trade union announces the wage requirement one day before Budget Day with which it enters into negotiations for new collective agreements.
According to the FNV, employees in sectors that are doing well – such as supermarkets, distribution centres and do-it-yourself shops – hardly share in the growing turnover. In addition, many employees continue to keep an insecure contract or earn around the minimum wage, especially in these sectors.
Furthermore, according to the trade union, insufficient investments have been made in recent years in the public sector, particularly in sectors such as care, welfare and education. Boufangacha: There is a lot of appreciation for these sectors and that should now really be translated into a wage increase. The government is not doing it and we are really furious about that
In companies where there is less work, the FNV wants agreements on the redistribution of work, such as shorter working hours and agreements to retire early. Where employment disappears, according to the trade union, work-to-work agreements will have to be made, combined with training.
Employers organisation AWVN considers it a good sign that the FNV is open to customisation. A spokesperson: Its about companies being able to survive and jobs remaining, which is desirable for both employer and employee. But we are not a fan of a central wage wish, because negotiations have to be based on what happens in a specific industry