The number of people belonging to a labor union in the Netherlands has declined for the fifth year in a row. At the end of March this year a total of 1.7 million people belonged to a union, 55 thousand less than in March 2014 and at the lowest level since 1991.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wants measures to be taken to facilitate the entry of refugees into the Dutch labor market. He discussed his concerns with employers, trade unions and refugee organizations in a meeting at his ministry on Monday night.
Dutch labour union CNV is concerned that layoff plans announced this week at Air France could indicate dark clouds on the horizon at sister airline KLM. The French airline wants to eliminate 2,900 jobs and end some long-haul flights to Asia, which sent unruly employees to the company's headquarters in a flash protest that including ripping the clothes off two executives.
Yet another Imtech subsidiary - Imtech Industrial Services - has been declared bankrupt. Parts of the company were sold and the buying parties will offer some of the employees a job, but between 200 and 300 of the 900 jobs will be lost, bankruptcy administrator Jeroen Princen
PostNL is willing to offer independent package delivery drivers a permanent contract. The company recently received a lot of criticism that the freelancers who deliver packages for the company are "sham-self employed" and earn little for their work. How many people will actually accept the offer, is still unknown.
Nearly 200 organizations are laying off employees because of the introduction of the new worker protection law in July, according to labor union CNV. Temporary workers who have worked with a company for at least two years are entitled to severance pay under the new legislation.
Benefits agency UWV is cutting several hundred jobs in the enforcement department as a result of a new work and security law. The new law dictates that some of the agency's processes be automated, reports De Telegraaf.
Insurance giant Nationale-Nederlanden (NN) is dismissing its temporary workers in expectation of the new job security law, according to Volkskrant. The law that comes into force July 1 will provide greater job security to temporary employees. Previous incident of supposed law circumvention involved one of the largest Dutch banks, ING.
Labor union CNV is starting a hotline for people dealing with employment abuses as a result of the new Work and Security law that comes into effect on July 1, the union said on Friday morning. The law makes it easier for flexible contract workers, freelancers and temporary hires to get severance packages if they are let go.
After months of negotiations, Dutch airline KLM finalized a deal with ground crew labour unions on a new collective bargaining agreement overnight. Leadership at the five trade unions will give their recommendations about the new contract before the full membership votes on its approval later this month, KLM said in a statement.
The majority of V&D employees are willing to accept a pay cut if it can secure the future of the department store, according to CEO John van der Ent, RTL reports.
ING wants to give CEO Ralph Hamers a wage increase of more than 28 percent, NRC reports based on the annual report ING published today. If the supervisory board approves this wage increase, his salary will increase from 1.27 million last year to 1.63 million in 2015.
The Unions CNV and FNV no longer want to negotiate with V&D about the salary cut that the company wants to implement on its staff, because V&D still intends to continue with the appeal against the recent ruling by the court that forbade the cut.
Labor unions VHKP, NVLT and CNV, bargaining on behalf of KLM staff, say they are optimistic they will reach an agreement with KLM. In their latest proposal, the unions say they want to contribute to productivity measures and reduce costs to make KLM a more profitable airline, reports Z24.
Unions FNV Havens and CNV Vakmensen are furious about an agreement made between the major transshipment companies and the Port of Rotterdam over container transport on Maasvlakte, AD reports. According to the unions, the extensive automation will threaten 700 jobs in the next two years.
Air France-KLM will not be transferring any jobs from the KLM office in Amstelveen to its own headquarters in Paris. CEO Alexandre de Juniac issued this guarantee during a conversation with State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure) at a summit in Paris, the Volkskrant reports.
Retail chain Xenos is forcing employees with permanent contracts to resign, according to unions FNV and CNV. The unions have received hundreds of complaints from Xenos employees all across the Netherlands, De Telegraaf reports.
Unions FNV and CNV and the management of V&D had an hours long discussion regarding the eventual wage moderation for the store's employees, NU reports. According to the unions, the discussion was constructive.
V&D is not allowed to cut the salaries of employees who are members of the unions with 5.8 percent. That was the ruling of the court in the summary proceedings filed by the unions, NOS reports.
The employees of V&D and La Place are willing to accept a 2 percent wage cut, the lawyer for FNV and CNV said in the summary proceedings before the Amsterdam court this morning, AD reports
Labor unions will go into discussion with retail chain Blokker today to discuss a social plan for the 440 employees that will lose their jobs, as the store announced yesterday. FNV Handel called that announcement "extremely painful news for the staff".
V&D will shrink each of its 63 branches in return for the landlords of V&D department stores handing in 25 million euro in rent. That is the result of the final meeting between V&D and the landlords of its stores. V&D owner Sun Capital still hast to approve this agreement.
After months of negotiations and actions, the money transport company Brink's and labour unions have come to an agreement on a social plan for the 650 employees losing their jobs. Brink's' staff protested by striking several times leaving many ATMs empty on different occasions.
V&D will face its third lawsuit in a short time. Unions FNV and CNV is going to court on behalf of V&D employees to challenge the forced pay cut of 5.8 percent as well as a number of other measures such as surrendering holiday days, the Volkskrant reports.