FNV sets absolute wage requirement: each employee €100 gross – extra favorable for lower incomes

The FNV union will not come up with a wage requirement in percentages this year, but wants every employee to receive 100 euros gross per month. That amount must be added to the inflation adjustment.

In this way, the union says it wants to reduce the pay gap. In the coming year, the union will also focus on more permanent jobs during collective bargaining.

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According to employers’ organization VNO-NCW, the message from FNV actually comes down to a “central wage requirement in a new guise”. But what is possible in terms of wage increases will differ per sector and simply belongs on the various collective labor agreements, the lobby organization of the Dutch business community indicates. “There are sectors where there is great uncertainty due to corona and there are sectors that are doing well.”

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Lower incomes relatively better off

With the wage requirement, FNV wants to ensure that no one in the Netherlands is disadvantaged. The union expects inflation of 2 percent for next year and that should be given to all employees.

By additionally requiring 100 euros gross per month, the pay gap becomes relatively smaller. For someone who earns the minimum wage, that means a wage increase of 7.9 percent, while for someone with an average salary it is 5.5 percent more and for employees with three times the average salary it means 3.1 percent more salary.

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FNV wants crucial professions to become more attractive by increasing wages. The union has also been calling for a minimum wage of 14 euros per hour for some time. That would then have to be earned by everyone from the age of 18.

Permanent jobs instead of flex

Furthermore, the largest trade union in the Netherlands will focus even more on permanent jobs instead of all kinds of flexible structures and temporary jobs. After the corona crisis, FNV wants to prevent the mistakes of the financial crisis, says Vice-President Zakaria Boufangacha. “Then shareholders ran off with the profits and employees paid the price in less security and wages. It is now really necessary to restore the balance.”

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Due to the shortage of personnel in many sectors, FNV is in a good starting position, Boufangacha expects. “But we are now demanding deeds, considerably more contracts for an indefinite period of time for all the structural work there is.”

VNO-NCW also knows that there is a shortage on the labor market. That is why employers think it is important that “we take care of each other” that everyone who is not yet working can start working or work more hours. It would also be important to increase productivity through innovation and digitization.

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Author: Jobly