Progress in youth care negotiations but offer awaited in health

Netherlands

The FNV and other trade unions have suspended their industrial action and mobilisations in the youth care sector pending negotiations on the basis of an improved pay offer from the employers. This involves a pay increase of 8% on 1 January 2024 and 1.25% on 1 July 2024 with an additional lump sum of €400. There would then be a 3% increase for 2025 and inflation compensation to a maximum of 2.25%, if inflation is higher than 3%. The minimum wage will rise to €15 per hour and the working-from-home allowance to €3 per day. This compares to the previous offer of a 6.7% increase and additional 2% for 2024 and 3.5% for 2025, with an inflation compensation with a ceiling of 2%. The unions see the new offer as a basis for negotiation but were looking for a 10% increase in 2024 to compensate also for the loss of purchasing power in 2023 and an additional 5% in 2025. The claim also calls for automatic price compensation from 1 April 2025. The FNV, along with the NU’91 trade union, is also involved in negotiations for a new agreement covering 80000 workers in University Medical Centres. The most recent negotiations on 3 November focused on issues related to well-being, work-life balance, on-call time and payments, additional leave and counting changing time as working time. A formal offer from the employers is expected on 17 November.

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