The VNG local government employers’ organisation has come up with an offer of a 4% pay rise for the year 2024. The FNV trade union has acknowledged this as an opening to proper negotiations, it says it falls some way short of its main demand for an 8% rise pay increase on top of a flat-rate €100 increase. The VNG is also yet to respond on a number of other issues including leave and early retirement. The negotiations resume on 30 October, when the FNV will also raise concerns around workloads. Meanwhile, the University Medical Centres employer organisation has yet to come up with a specific offer in the negotiations where the FNV is also setting its sights on an 8% pay rise.
Municipal employers make offer but nothing from hospital employers
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Local government trade unions, FNV Abvakabo and CNV Publieke Zaak, were disappointed following a meeting on 24 February where the employers failed to come up with any offer in relation to a new collective agreement covering 180000 municipal workers. Unions will meet shortly to discuss what action to take. Negotiations were suspended last year and the last collective agreement ran to 31 December 2012 and the last pay rise was 1% in April 2012, although there were lump sum payments of €200-€400 in August 2012. [Read more at > FNV Abvakabo (NL)->http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/over-ons/nieuws
(April 2017) In the current negotiations in the hospital sector the NVZ employers' organisation has offered a pay rise of 1.5% in 2017 and 1.75% in 2018 but this is seen as unacceptable by the FNV trade union which is looking for 2.5% in each year. The union has warned the employers that they are failing to acknowledge the urgent situation in the sector with many staff overworked, a shortage of specialist workers and many thinking of leaving the sector.
After four rounds of bargaining the VNG local government employers' organisation has come up with a first offer of a 2.5% pay increase over a 15-month period. For the FNV trade union this is effectively a 2% increase over 12 months and provides no real wage increase. The union will be pushing for something closer to its claims for a 5% pay rise over 12 months. It is relatively positive about the negotiations, noting that it is also discussing a range of other issues with employers including ensuring healthy and sustainable workplaces and job security.