Finally! An agreement in local government

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After strike action and demonstrations on 18 June and 18 months of on-and-off negotiations, unions have finally lead to a new collective agreement covering the 165000 workers in local government. The agreement is backdated to 1 January 2013 and will run until 1 January 2016. There is a 1% pay increase from 1 October 2014 and a €50 a month flat-rate increase from 1 April 2015 that will in effect mean a 4% rise for the lowest paid and around 2.5% for those on average pay. There is also a €350 one-off payment to compensate for the delay in negotiating the new agreement. The agreement also includes a commitment to take on at least 1500 workers under the age of 27 for at least a year and to provide permanent contracts for workers who have been on three or more temporary contracts or on temporary contracts for at least two years. The agreement also includes important initiatives on procurement and outsourcing, highlighting the questions of quality, costs and social consequences for workers giving works councils a say in the process.
Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)
And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)

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