Disabled care workers get new agreement

Netherlands Netherlands
After a lengthy campaign of strikes and demonstrations workers in the disabled care sector have the chance to vote on a new collective agreement. This is a wide-ranging agreement that covers issues such as workloads and quality of work. It runs from 1 January 2005 to 30 April 2007 with pay increases of 1% (December 2005), 1.8% (January 2006) and 1% (January 2007) with a 400 euro lump sum for full-time workers in June 2006.
Hospital workers are also being asked to vote on a new 25-month agreement beginning from 1 January 2006 which would see pay increase by 1.75% in April 2006 and by 1.4% in April 2007.
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