Unions negotiate deal for mental health workers

Netherlands
A new 22-month agreement covering 80,000 workers in the mental health sector will be put to members for approval. The three main unions have secured a 3.25% overall pay increase that includes a 0.75% rise in August 2011, with a 0.25% one-off payment (minimum €25) in November and an additional 0.5% on the end-of-year bonus in December. In 2012 there will be a 1% increase in salaries in September, another 0.25% (minimum €25) payment and the end-of-year bonus will rise by another 0.5% taking it to 6.75%. While this keeps salaries rising in line with the rest of the health sector, unions are concerned that mental health will suffer disproportionately from planned cuts. It accounts for around 10% of health expenditure but will account for 35% of the overall cuts. [Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)->http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/eindbod-ggz] [And at > CNV Publieke Zakk (NL)->http://www.mijnvakbond.nl/Eindbod-CAO-GGZ?referrer=272] [And at > NU’91 (NL)->http://www.nu91-leden.nl/cao.asp?grp=4&uid=183]

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