Mar 8 '18 13:30

ING Bank raised the salary of CEO Ralph Hamers by more than half this year, to over 3 million euros, NOS reports. Parliamentarians are furious and demand an explanation. Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance is "not amused", according to newspaper AD.

Mar 7 '18 12:40

Employers organizations MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW want the Dutch privacy law to be extended so that employees in more professions can be tested for alcohol or drugs. They also want companies to be able to request more information from sick employees, ANP reports.

Currently only employees in certain professions - like pilots or train drivers - can be tested for alcohol and drugs. But according to the employers, making allowing this for more professions will make it possible for companies to better guarantee safety. 

Police guard in a detention center
Mar 6 '18 09:15

The number of crimes committed in the Netherlands is much higher than reported by the authorities, because many people feel that reporting a crime is not worth it, according to unions FNV and CNV, among others. They call for a new and independent investigation into crime figures in the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Jan 15 '18 07:59

Dutch union CNV is calling on Dutch employers to stop employing migrant workers. CNV wants the shortage of professionals to be filled with people now standing on the sidelines of the Dutch labor market, union president Maurice Limmen said in an interview with the Telegraaf.

Dec 5 '17 12:11

Teachers at primary schools across the Netherlands will be striking again on Tuesday, December 12th, primary school action group PO in actie announced. The strike will last all day, and parents will have to arrange other care for their children, NOS reports.

Siemens in Hengelo
Nov 17 '17 11:20

German technology company Siemens is closing its branch in Hengelo, which employs 600 people. The closure forms part of a reorganization in Siemens' energy and gas branch that will cost over 6 thousand jobs worldwide, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to

The staff of the Hengelo branch were informed about what is happening at a meeting at stadium Grolsche Veste on Friday morning. The CEO of the division explained the closure via a video link. Whether there will be any forced redundancies, is not yet clear.

Oct 11 '17 09:03

Unions, associations and interest groups had mixed reactions to the . While some are carefully optimistic about what the Netherlands will hold in the coming years, the new government agreement left others with only concerns, according to reactions on the Volkskrant's liveblog of the agreement presentation.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 15 '17 08:48

Travelers flying from Schiphol on a KLM flight today, can expect delays. The airline's cabin crew members are performing labor actions on Friday to protest against KLM's decision to reduce the number of flight attendants on some long flights. Cabin crew members taking part in the actions - members of union VNC - will strike for an hour before each flight. The actions take place between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., RTL Nieuws reports.

Sep 6 '17 09:50

Primary school teachers across the Netherlands will strike on Thursday, October 5th in an attempt to push the government to , unions CNV Education and FNV announced. 

"Politicians really need to pay up, we want a fair salary and less work pressure in primary education", CNV Education chairman Loek Schueler said to news wire ANP. "The vague commitments politics made so far are insufficient for structurally better education."

Mark Rutte
Sep 4 '17 16:10

Months long talks between the unions and employers about new rules for flexible work and dismissal law, failed. No agreement could be reached. This means that the parties on the government formation table - the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie - will have to come up with reforms themselves, possibly without the support of the employers and employees, which could cause delays in the government formation, AD reports.

Aug 30 '17 10:10

Ambulance workers in the Netherlands are concerned about not being prepared to deal with a terrorist attack, unions FNV and CNV Ambulance Care said to BNR. According to the unions, there are still no protocols in place to ensure the safety of ambulance workers while responding to an attack.

Aug 22 '17 15:00

Meal delivery service Deliveroo is gradually replacing all its employed delivery personnel in the Netherlands with freelancers starting on Tuesday, CEO Philip Padberg said to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday. According to him, this will result in delivers' net income increasing.

Shell Logo
Jul 31 '17 15:40

Shell may scrap around 400 jobs in the Netherlands, mainly in the Projects & Technology division in Amsterdam and Rijswijk, the oil and gas giant confirmed on Monday. This round of layoffs will be part of measures taken in the last quarter of this year, ANP reports.

Some of the affected employees may be able to continue working in another division at Shell. The precise impact is not yet clear and it still has to be discussed with the central works council and trade unions, the company emphasized.

Jul 18 '17 12:00

ING employees in the Netherlands will soon have the right to a month's paid paternity leave at the birth of a new child, according to the new collective bargaining agreement the bank made with unions FNV Finance, De Unie and CNV Vakmensen. This appointment also applies to non-biological mothers, reports. 

Jan 25 '17 10:19

Almost all Dutch teachers are concerned about expensive private lessons from commercial agencies increasing inequality in education in the Netherlands, according to a survey CNV did among 5,800 teachers, RTL Nieuws reports.

A massive 85 percent of teachers indicated that they are worried about increasing inequality caused by expensive extra lessons. Such extra lessons can range from 20 euros per hour to 70 euros per hour. And not all parents can afford this.

Leidseplein in Amsterdam at night
Dec 7 '16 12:20

Union CNV is launching a hotline where workers in the hospitality industry can report exploitation. This follows whistleblower Tiberiu Palade revealing appalling abuses in an number of Amsterdam cafes and restaurants, ranging from threats and intimidation to salaries below the minimum wage, on Brandpunt on Tuesday. Palade called the situation "modern slavery", Het Parool reports. 

Nov 16 '16 12:35

People working in the healthcare and welfare sector experience an above average workload, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO. They also feel they have less space to organize their work at their own discretion, reports.

For this study, the researchers asked workers in various sectors about how they perceive their workload last year.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Nov 2 '16 12:50

Train drivers and conductors will get more variety in their work, NS agreed with unions VVMC, FNV and CNV while discussing the new schedule for 2017 on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Oct 12 '16 16:15

A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supports a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA)

Sep 16 '16 09:01

About 2,000 Tata Steel employees gathered to protest against a possible merger between Tata and the German ThyssenKrupp

Aug 1 '16 14:35

Fashion chain McGregor is making a restart as Doniger Fashion Group, but at the cost of 200 employees. These are employees whose been working for the fashion house for a long time, Doniger announced on Friday

Jun 29 '16 15:40

Toy stores Bart Smit and Toys XL will soon undergo name changes, parent company Blokker Holding announced. Both stores will continue under the name Intertoys. Blookker thinks that one toy brand will better serve the customer

Jun 27 '16 14:40

Young people are often put to work on summer jobs on tasks that they should not be doing, according to union CNV. The union received over 200 mails and calls this past weeks from concerned parents

May 2 '16 10:05

Some 15,000 ground workers would see their salaries frozen, and would lose one of their paid days off per year, according to a new proposal submitted by the the management of Dutch airline KLM to union representatives. The company would also like to replace some 3,000 baggage handlers and ground crews with temporary employees, the union CNV Vakmensen told newspaper De Telegraaf.


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