After three months already as many strikes as in a normal year

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After three months already as many strikes as in a normal year

After three months, the number of strikes is almost as many as in an average year, the trade union FNV reports. The counter now stands at almost 24 actions in sectors and companies. According to the union, this is almost as much as the annual average of the past ten years. With a record number of thirty ultimatums, the union is convinced that ‘FNV members on more work floors are prepared to campaign for a good collective labor agreement.’

Employees of municipalities, regional transport, hospitals and companies such as PostNL, Etos, Bijenkorf, ING, Sabic and Douwe Egberts have gone on strike. Zakaria Boufangacha, Vice President of FNV, explains: ‘Many members see that good profits are still being made, while they have to cut back on their expenditure due to the sky-high inflation. At the same time, they see that they are very much needed. This cocktail makes them want to take action for a wage that enables them to still pay the same amount of groceries at the end of the month.’

The wage increases of 12 percent at municipalities, 16.9 percent at the ports and 10 percent at Chabot have an infectious effect on other employees, according to Boufangacha. ‘Inflation is falling slowly and wages are lagging, so I expect a tough wage battle elsewhere as well. We believe that the Netherlands deserves better,’ says Boufangacha.

Employees of dozens of hospitals pretended it was a Sunday for 24 hours, which means that in principle only emergency care will continue. The unions demand better collective agreements. (ANP / Laurens van Putten)

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