Employees of Albert Heijn’s six distribution centers will stop working on Monday. The strike started on Sunday evening among part-timers in the distribution centers in Geldermalsen, Pijnacker and Zaandam. Full-time employees in all distribution centers will strike from 07:00, according to trade unions CNV and FNV. The strike may result in empty shelves in supermarkets.
The staff of the distribution centers want more wages and had given an ultimatum until 5 p.m. on Sunday. The supermarket says it has offered an 8 percent wage increase. “6 percent immediately and 2 percent as of January 2024. With this offer, the structural wage increase for employees of the distribution centers is more than 8 percent after one year. This is above the average of new collective agreements that are now concluded for one year,” says a spokesman for Albert Heijn.
The unions think that offer is too low, given the high inflation of last year. “Last year’s inflation was 10.6 percent,” said CNV Vakmensen director Soraya Faez. “That is why we are now demanding a wage increase of at least two digits before the decimal point.”
The strike in the distribution centers in Geldermalsen, Pijnacker, Tilburg and Zwolle will last until Wednesday. In Zaandam, workers will strike until 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, FNV reports.