Trade unions in municipalities, including the FNV, have negotiated 15-month agreement that runs to 31 March 2025 and provides a 6% pay increase. There will be a 4.75% increase on 1 January followed by 1.25% on 1 October. While most lower paid employees are on €16 or above a few are still on the national minimum wage of €15.92. The FNV is committed to secure a higher minimum wage in local government. The agreement includes an additional day of non-statutory leave as of 1 January 2025, taking the total to eight. While the early retirement scheme is made more accessible, the union is disappointed that it has not been amended for employees in arduous jobs. Meanwhile, the FNV and NU'91 trade unions have been involved in the fifth round of negotiations covering University Medical Centres. The employers finally came up with a wage offer of 2% as of 1 July 2024 for a term of 1 year, seen as completely insufficient by the unions. The employers have also rejected other union demands related to safety policy, working time and progress up the pay scale. The next negotiations are due on 7 December.
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