The FNV trade union organised a national action on 25 May in their campaign to secure a 10% pay rise in 2023 for workers who provide support to people with disabilities. This would be in addition to the pay increases that apply in the existing agreement that runs to the end of January 2024. However, the VGN employer’s organisation made only slight changes to its previous offer that would provide for a 10% increase but over two years. The FNV argues that the employers have wasted by making very minor changes to the offer. The union is also disappointed that the 4% pay increase the employer promises for 2024 would be the only change and that other important working conditions would not be addressed including an increase in travel costs and other allowances and measures to reduce the burden on older workers. Meanwhile, the FNV used a national action in Utrecht to launch its demand for an additional 15% pay increase (minimum €400 a month) for the 470,000 employees in the elderly care sector. The union also wants more action to reduce workloads and recruit and retain employees.
Union pushing for pay increases for workers in disability and elder care
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The FNV trade union is urging workers in disability care to get involved in a range of actions to support the push for an additional pay rise this year. The collective agreement currently provides for a 3.2% but the union has convinced the VGN employers’ organisation to meet on 9 May to discuss a further increase to help workers cope with the surge in inflation. The FNV wants members to highlight their situation at work and on social media in the lead up the meeting. There will then be a consultation with members on 10 May to decide how to respond to the employers’ offer.
Public services union ABVAKABO is continuing its campaign for an improved collective agreement for disabled care workers, as reported in the last issue of epsucob@NEWS. Following last month's demonstration the union has organised a series of one-hour stoppages starting in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe. The union stresses that the primary aim is not higher pay but a collective agreement that tackles heavy workloads and addresses personal development among other issues. Read more at > ABVAKABO
Unions have negotiated a three-year agreement for the 160,000 workers in the disabled care sector. There will be pay increases of 1.25% (1 October 2011), 1.5% (1 July 2012) and 2.0% (1 July 2013). The end of year bonus will increase by 1% from 5.75% to 6.75% of salary. An important change is that workers who don’t have a year’s service by the end of the year will still be entitled to a proportion of the bonus. This will affect around 20,000 workers. [Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)->http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/nieuwe-cao-gehandicaptenzorg] [And at > CNV Publieke Zaak (NL)->http:/