Trade union FNV and retail chain Wibra are facing each other in court. The union wants to prevent staff from having to make up for unpaid hours that they could not work because the shops had to close during the lockdown. But Wibra claims to comply with the collective labor agreement scheme for plus and minus hours.
FNV argues that Wibra abuses the NOW scheme, with which the company was compensated 80 percent of the wage costs by the government. According to the union, Wibra has recorded the hours not worked during the lockdown and the store chain wants the employees who come to catch up in the summer for free. The union believes that the discounter is eating both ways.
Wibra, in turn, has already indicated that he is looking forward to the case with confidence. At Wibra, the staff has a contract for a fixed number of hours per month, but the number of hours worked can sometimes differ slightly. Even during the store closures, the staff was still paid, although there was sometimes less work. In consultation with the works council, Wibra decided to give the staff more time to work off the minus hours.
‘Worst collective labor agreement in the country’
Jolanda Vullings, who has been working at the Wibra for 20 years, tells the NOS that she is angry and disappointed in her employer. “During the lockdown I was able to come 13 hours a week, so there were seven minutes left. All in all I have built up 130 minutes. I now have to make up for it in the coming summer months. I think that’s unfair.”
According to FNV, the retail collective agreement to which the Wibra falls is one of the worst in the country. Other chains, such as perfumery Douglas and clothing store Vanilia, would also have their employees pay for the lockdown. According to the relevant stores, that is not the case.
The judge will make a decision in summary proceedings against Wibra within two weeks.