TSN Thuiszorg, the largest home care organization in the Netherlands has announced its 5th reorganization, which will involve 436 permanent employees working as home care assistants being laid off and 218 employees on fixed-term contracts not having their contracts extended. A poll commissioned by union FNV has shown that 85 percent of the Dutch population is against the cutbacks in healthcare.
The police contract conflict and strikes are expanding to other sectors. Teachers, customs officers, tax officials and public transport drivers, among others are considering eventual strikes over the wage agreements the government and unions made just before the summer holidays.
Heerlen based solar cell manufacturer Solland Solar is having financial difficulties. Union FNV has applied for bankruptcy on behalf of the company's about 70 employees.
On Tuesday De Nederlandsche Bank announced that the way in which the interest rate for pension funds is calculated will be adjusted. Pension funds are concerned that this will leave them worse off financially and lead to premium increases for their members
A number of PostNL independent delivery drivers are striking because they are dissatisfied with the offer the postal company and union FNV came up with after intense negotiations. The strikers are members of independent delivery drivers' union SubcoPartners
PostNL is giving all delivery drivers an offer to be employed on a full-time contract or to earn more as an independent worker. The postal company made this announcement on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.
Trade union FNV is threatening PostNL with protest actions if the company does not respond to the unions demands for better working conditions for the thousands of independent delivery drivers by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday.
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.
Corrections staff at the Bijlmerbajes and Tafelberweg prisons in Amsterdam, and the detention center at Schiphol airport plan to walk off the jobs between 12 and 3 p.m. next Thursday. Customs officials and tax authority workers from the Amsterdam and Hoofdorp offices will join the corrections worker in a march and rally in Amsterdam Sloterdijk.
The leader of the FNV union, Ton Heerts, spoke against social services for freelancers in an interview with FD. He says self-employed people making use of disability, sickness and unemployment benefits undermines the entire social welfare system.
After the latest negotiation session, which lasted more than 24 hours, NS and the unions have finally come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement for NS employees.
Shell expelled dozens of temporary workers from their complex in Moerdijk after the staff was caught using soft drugs. The company confirmed the news to BN De Stem.
Trade union FNV organized a march and demonstration in Amsterdam on May 1st, Labor Day, calling for more "real jobs" instead of temporary contracts.
The largest home care organization in the Netherlands, TSN Care, is afraid it will have to cut 650 jobs as a result of reforms in the healthcare sector. Under the new Social Support Act (WMO), municipalities have less money available for home care, reports NOS. In some municipalities, home care may even disappear completely.
The head of KLM, Peter Elbers, should return the bonus he received last year, labour union FNV said this week. The union calls the bonus “incomprehensible” in light of cost savings made by the airline, reported De Telegraaf.
The Ahold shareholders meeting on Wednesday took a strange turn when a grocery bagger got a chance to speak and asked CEO Dick Boer for a pay increase.
A chronic shortage of security guards at Schiphol is likely to lead to long lines at the airport during the coming holiday peak season. According to De Telegraaf, the work load is so high that there are also gaps in the security controls.
Train conductors in Rotterdam did not check any tickets Tuesday and urged their colleagues in the rest of the Netherlands to join this action to draw attention to the aggression against train staff, NOS reports.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, Welfare and Sport has decided to remove the "The Netherlands is changing, healthcare is changing along" advertisements from the website www.dezorgverandertmee.nl.
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.
The management of Blokker struck a deal with union representatives on a set of support measures for current employees being bought out, or those at risk of layoff and dismissal. Meetings between the two sides restarted this week between the discount retail firm's management and representatives of the FNV Handel and CNV Dienstenbond labour unions, the retailer's parent company revealed in a statement
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.
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.