Reopening of collective bargaining agreements between unions and NVZ

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Consultations on a new Cao Hospitals resumed today. The four trade unions involved (LAD/FBZ, FNV, CNV and NU’91) received an invitation last Friday from the Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) and accepted this.

Negotiations on a new collective labor agreement stalled at the end of January, because NVZ’s final offer was insufficient, according to the unions. Actions were then announced. Thursday, March 16, there was a national Sunday service in which staff from 64 hospital locations and rehabilitation institutions participated. A second action day in mid-April is now being prepared. Preparations for the announced actions will continue despite the consultations, the unions say.

Among other things, hospital employees are demanding a 10 percent wage increase retroactive to February 1 of this year. They demand 5 percent by 2024. They also want an irregular hours allowance over the full hourly wage, good agreements about the remuneration of stand-by services, more travel allowance and more influence for employees on working hours, plus a reduction in work pressure.

The hospital collective labor agreement applies to 200,000 people. This collective labor agreement includes about 2,500 LAD members, including residents, general practitioners and emergency physicians. The employment conditions of medical specialists employed by general hospitals are laid down in the Employment Conditions Regulations for Medical Specialists (AMS). This applies to approximately six thousand doctors. Unlike the previous day of action on March 16, the latter group would now also be allowed to go on strike in the event of a new day of action.

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